Get ready, set, swoon: Outlander has tapped a new actor to join the series and by the looks of things, he’ll fit right in with the rest of the photogenic cast.
Scottish actor Richard Rankin (Burnt) will play Roger Wakefield in Outlander’s second season, taking on the role of the Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son. (Show fans will remember the Reverend from early in season 1, while book die-hards know how important his character becomes later in the Scottish-set saga.)
Rankin, joins fellow season 2 newcomers Lionel Lingelser (as King Louis XV), Margaux Chatelie (as Annalise de Marillac), Rosie Day (as Mary Hawkins), Dominique Piñon (Master Raymond), Stanley Weber (Le Comte St. Germain), and
Robert Cavanagh (as Jamie’s cousin Jared). Season 2 aims to top last season’s time-travel drama when Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) set sale for France, where they scheme to alter the course of history and prevent the Jacobite rebellion, lead by Prince Charles Stuart.
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The casting announcement comes just days after Outlander earned three Golden Globe nominations: Best Drama, Best Actress (for Balfe), and Best Supporting Actor (for Tobias Menzies). Heughan didn’t receive a nomination, though showrunner Ronald D. Moore says season 2’s story line makes the most of the Scotland-born actor’s skills — which may change the HFPA’s mind come nomination time next year.
“He has a much bigger part in the second season. If you think of the arc of his character in this first season, it was a much slower build,” Moore told EW of his leading man. “It was really Claire’s story, which included certain issues and characters along the way. He certainly has a lot more material in the second season than in the first.”
Outlander returns to Starz in 2016.