Remember the adorable Fergus, who played the pickpocketing French kid taken in by Jamie and Claire in season 2 of Outlander?
Good news, fans: the character will be back when the drama returns for a third season on Starz — and he’ll be a grown-up! EW has learned exclusively that César Domboy (The Walk) will take over the role when the story jumps ahead two decades in the new season.
Here’s the official description of his character from Starz: “Born into a brothel, Fergus has grown up into a charming, devilishly handsome man with a strong sense of loyalty and decorum, despite his unconventional upbringing. He is the ultimate romantic, wearing his heart on his sleeve and falling in and out of love easily. However, Fergus’ devotion to Jamie has never wavered, making the Frenchman an integral part of the Fraser clan. Still, his debonair demeanor masks a longing for a lasting love and a permanent sense of belonging.”
The role was previously played by the adorable Romann Berrux, a French actor who stole the hearts of fans (and the wallets of unsuspecting fools in that French brothel).
Domboy, 26, has been working in film, TV, and theater in France for years. Besides his appearance in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, he also appeared in season 2 of The Borgias.
Domboy is one of several new actors who will join the ensemble when the drama returns sometime in 2017. (Sadly, Starz won’t reveal the exact date of its much-anticipated comeback). Among the new additions: Wil Johnson (Waking the Dead), who will play Claire’s close friend and medical colleague Joe Abernathy when the drama focuses on 1960s Boston; John Bell (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), who will assume the role of Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray; and David Berry, who will play Lord John Grey, a former British soldier-turned-Ardsmuir prison governor.
And here’s a juicy tidbit that EW also learned exclusively: We’ll also meet a new person from Jamie Fraser’s extended family! Lest we want to meet the other end of his sword, however, that’s all we can share so far.
For more scoop about season 3, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. And why not join in on the discussion? On Oct. 3, Amy Wilkinson and I will host a special edition of Outlander Live! on EW Radio. We will interview executive producer Maril Davis, give away an Outlander Season 2 Collector’s Edition DVD, and take your calls!
Outlander Live! airs at 2 p.m. ET on Sirius XM 105.