“Outlander” has found its Mr. Willoughby and Captain Leonard for Season 3, Starz announced Monday.
Gary Young who will play Mr. Willoughby, a confidante of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), while Charlie Hiett will play Captain Thomas Leonard, the inexperienced, by-the-book de facto captain of the Artemis, the ship Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie sail on into the West Indies.
Season 3 will be based on the third of eight books in the “Outlander” series, entitled “Voyager.” It picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948, the pay-TV cable channel said. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies).
Meanwhile, in the 1700s, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart … as well as new doubt.
Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Ron D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.