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Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Finds Young Hamish MacKenzie (Exclusive)

Roderick Gilkison, an 11-year-old Scottish actor, will play the spirited heir on the Sony Pictures TV production

Starz and producers Sony Pictures Television have found “Outlander’s” young warrior heir.

Roderick Gilkison will play the role of Hamish MacKenzie, TheWrap has learned.

The Scottish newcomer’s role is described as handsome with red hair, Hamish is the son and heir to Laird Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) and nephew of the MacKenzie War Chieftan, Dougal (Graham McTavish). He’s rambunctious and spirited with a child’s understanding of the power his father and uncle have – power that one day may very well be his.

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Aside from Lewis and McTavish, the 11-year-old  joins recently announced Caitriona Balfe in the key role of Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Additionally, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Annette Badland and Stephen Walters star.

Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, “Outlander” follows Claire Randall (Balfe), 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 Jamie Fraser (Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, Claire becomes torn between her two lives.

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John Dahl, whose credits include “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter” and “Justified,” will direct the first two episodes of the upcoming drama, from “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore.