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Outlander casts key roles for season 4

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Viewers aren’t even halfway through season 3 of Outlander, but the producers are already hard at work on the next chapter of the epic Starz drama.

Two important roles from season 4 were just filled in Scotland: Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black) will assume the role of Jamie’s aunt Jocasta, and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) will play Irishman Stephen Bonnet, a pirate and smuggler.

Production on the fourth season, which will be based on Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series, began this week in Scotland.

Kennedy’s other credits include The Conjuring 2, The Tudors, and The Commitments. The Ireland-born actress is also an accomplished singer.

Speleers has been featured in Wolf Hall, ITV primetime drama Beowulf, and the 2016 film Through the Looking Glass.

Fans of the Starz drama are currently experiencing a temporary droughtlander, as the sixth episode featuring the much-anticipated reunion of Claire and Jamie won’t air until Oct. 22. But it will be supersized!

Outlander airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Starz. For more on the series, tune in each Monday at 12 p.m. ET to Outlander Live! on EW Radio.