Starz's ‘Outlander': First Look at Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

Starz's 'Outlander': First Look at Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

Photo by Ed Miller, courtesy of:Sony Pictures Television Inc.

The series from “Battlestar Galactica” bigwig Ronald D. Moore will premiere next year

Worried that the week might get away from you without delivering some hunk-in-a-kilt action? Fear not; Starz is here to meet your needs.

The cable network has issued its first look at Scottish actor Sam Heughan in the lead role of Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Starz series “Outlander.”

Also read: Lotte Verbeek to Play Geillis Duncan in ‘Outlander’

Adapted from Diana Gabaldon's series of bestselling novels, “Outlander” follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, Claire becomes torn between her two lives.

The cast also includes Graham McTavish (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), Gary Lewis (“Gangs of New York”) and Caitriona Balfe (“Super 8”) as Claire Randall.

Also read: ‘Primevil’ Actor Duncan LaCroix Joins Starz's ‘Outlander’

In production in Scotland, “Outlander” — from “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore — will premiere in 2014. Until then, check out the first look and let us know in the comments section: How 'bout those gams on Heughan, huh?

  • Lisa Branford

    What a perfect first look at Jamie Fraser! Ron Moore and his team are doing a spectacular job of staying true to the books while bringing them to life. I've delved pretty deeply into Sam Heughan's previous work. He's a very, very gifted actor with great range. I couldn't be more impressed.

  • @mimiperry

    Having read the series a dozen times or so, I am thrilled at the attention Ron Moore and Starz are giving to Outlander! Sam Heughan is a talented actor who sounds and looks like an absolutely perfect Jamie Fraser. Added that he is very welcoming and warm to this crazy fan base, I give him kudos to that alone!! Super excited for the series to start and can not wait to be whisked away, just like I am with the books. Thank you!

  • MrsSweatheifer

    I am looking forward to watching Outlander on Starz. And I think that Ron Moore has done a wonderful job so far!

  • Melanie Friedman

    I'm a HUGE fan of the books, and after I found out that Ron D. Moore will be mostly in charge of this show, I have absolutely no worries that the series will be a hit. As for Sam Heughan playing Jamie Fraser, I think they hit a jackpot! Also with Cait as Claire! You know, for that matter, so far the casting has been spot on! Now all I have to display is patience while waiting for the series to hit my Starz TV Chanel [which I already ordered] and that's not happening as I stay glued to the comp and joining groups of Outlander fans in anticipation of the show….

  • Stephanie de Raynal

    I can't wait! True, this particular photo of Jamie doesn't exactly match the image that I had in my head but how could it? Everyone sees things through their own filter. There are literally thousands of images in fans’ heads. I think that the producers have done an excellent job with casting, Sam is very attractive, has a fantastic body and a good actor. It doesn't worry me in the slightest that the photo doesn't match my image of Jamie. I think he will make an excellent Jamie Fraser and I look forward to seeing his chemistry with Caitrionia Balfe!!! Sizzle!!!

  • Sandie Russo

    So excited for Outlander to come to life on Television! The cast is amazing (Sam Heughan is the perfect and oh so hunky Jamie Fraser), and the production staff is putting together a first rate series!! 2014 can't come soon enough!

  • Laureen Pillipow Vanghel

    It is so exciting to see the book come to life, I can't wait for the show. Love the picture of Sam as Jamie, did I mention I can't wait?

  • Aimee

    I am absolutely excited about this series. I think all of the casting has been spot on and I cannot wait until they bring our favorite characters to life for us. Sam Heughan is perfect for Jamie.

  • Jahna

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture. It makes the whole thing real! Finally my obsession brought to live. Love Sam Heughan as Jamie and LOVE the kilt pic. Thank you Ron Moore for your genius and for promising to be true to the books!

  • Cindy Restivo

    So excited to see this all come to life! I've been an Outlander fan for years and am absolutely thrilled with the casting! Sam is incredibly handsome, a gifted talent and is perfect for the role of Jamie Fraser! Can't wait to see this come to life right in my living room.

  • Debra Marvin

    Can we put to rest any doubts? the Production team is going to produce beyond any expectations! and the actors already impress. If you wanted Gerard Butler in a red kilt, keep fantasy casting! TallShips Production is appreciative of the fans and their excitement and due diligence is contagious. As if we weren't already over-the-top fans.

  • Je Suis Prest

    I Love Sam in this photo he is so Jamie Fraser at work I am so glad Starz are breaking us in gently to photos of the real Jamie Fraser , I'm sure we'll see plenty of Jamie with his top off soon enough but I really don't think my heart can take it , It was bad enough when I saw this photo ! Oh my mmmmmm

  • Jeannie Hurley

    This is going to be a wonderful series. Having heard directly from Ron Moore that he is dedicated to making a show good enough so that his wife won't kill him, I have complete faith that he'll come through. I also have faith in Sam Heughan's portrayal of Jamie. He's definitely doing the work, taking Gaelic lessons, horse-back riding, sword-fighting (with his left hand), and everything else that will allow him to “be” Jamie. Diana Gabaldon has said over and over (I heard her with my own ears and saw her with my own eyes) that when she saw Sam's audition video that he *was* Jamie. And she would know. *She* is Jamie. And Black Jack, and Claire and all of the other characters. She has never lied to her fans. She's a terrible tease (they all are), but they do it with love. From the snippets we were privy to during NY Comic Con, I have a feeling this is going to be epic. I was blown away by the attention to detail in the set design, as well as the amount of experts that are attached to the production team. They've got herbalists, master swordsmen, Gaelic instructors, dialogue coaches, local weavers, and more. They've even worked to involve fans by asking them to knit scarves, hats, and other garments to be worn by actors in the series. This is a production crew that is dedicated to keeping fans engaged and happy. They're definitely well on their way to accomplishing both of those goals. And having Sam Heughan in a kilt really doesn't hurt at all ;) Yum.

  • Lisa Dale Thomas

    That's Jamie! I'm thrilled with everything Ron Moore and Starz are doing with my beloved Outlander. The casting is perfect and Ron has promised over and over that they will stay true to the books. Looking forward to watching my favorite characters spring to life on screen.

  • Sassenach Viv

    I am absolutely thrilled about being able to follow this production! They are making a wonderful job from this fantastic book. The cast looks perfect so far and all we learn from the production promises a great series! This picture of young Jamie is perfect, I can't find better words. I am eagerly awaiting for its release.

  • Shawn L. Bird

    He's going to be great as JAMMF! (but check your clickable box- his name's spelled Hueghan instead of Heughan in it. You might want to fix that).

  • Lynne Brownridge

    How can ANYONE play Jamie without RED HAIR??? Its a major facet of Jamies character!!!

  • Tonya68

    This is an effeminate version of Jamie. Attractive isn't the main, or most portant factor. Disappointing