Starz has found the other half of its leading duo for the upcoming series, Outlander.
Caitriona Balfe will star as Claire Randell, a combat nurse from 1943 who suddenly time jumps back to 1743.
Balfe’s co-star is the incredibly handsome Sam Heughan. He will play Jaime Fraser, the charming Scots warrior who woos the married Claire when she is stuck back in time.
Outlander is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series of the same name (the first book is re-titled as Cross Stitch in the UK). Equal parts romance, historical, and fantasy, the series began with Outlander in 1991 and will continue with Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which is scheduled for release this year. The TV series will start filming in Scotland this autumn, with the first of its 16 episodes airing in 2014.
Gabaldon commented on the casting, saying, “"Hard to believe lightning can strike twice, but it surely did. The moment Caitriona Balfe came on screen, I sat up straight and said, ‘There she is!’ She and Sam Heughan absolutely lit up the screen with fireworks."
Known for her role in J.J. Abram’s Super 8, Balfe was also seen in Bryan Singer’s H+. Prior to Outlander, Balfe will be seen with Arnold Schwarznegger and Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan.