JOHN BELL CAST IN THE ROLE OF YOUNG IAN MURRAY AND WIL JOHNSON CAST IN THE ROLE OF JOE ABERNATHY IN STARZ & SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S "OUTLANDER"
Beverly Hills, Calif., September 20, 2016 - Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced today that two key roles have been cast in Season 3. Joining Jamie's (Sam Heughan) world in the 18th century, John Bell ("The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies") will play the role of "Young Ian." Joining Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) world set in Boston in the 20th Century, Wil Johnson ("Waking the Dead") will play her friend and medical colleague, Joe Abernathy, in the hit series "Outlander." The series is based on Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books and adapted by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: The Next Generation").
Young Ian Murray is a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Bursting with charm, he's more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie Fraser than his farmer father Ian -- but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy. However, he keeps trying to prove that he is a man and we will see him grow into quite a formidable one as the series evolves.
John Bell, 18, has been acting professionally since winning a small part in Doctor Who at age 10 by entering a competition on BBC's Blue Peter. His career took off from there and he has been working in TV and film since that lucky start. He played Helius in "Wrath of the Titans" directed by Jonathan Liebesman and then went to New Zealand to play Bain in "The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies" both directed by Peter Jackson.
Bell's TV career includes recurring roles in BBC Scotland's "Life of Riley" and CBBC's "Tracy Breaker Returns" as well as roles in "Midsomer Murders" and the TV mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" for the History Channel.
Joe Abernathy is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire. He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a life-long friendship.
Wil Johnson has a distinguished career in TV, film and theatre. His TV credits include recurring roles on key British dramas such as "Waterloo Road," "Holby City," "Cracker," "Babyfather" and "Waking the Dead." He will soon be seen in Kit Monkham's feature film of Macbeth and was also in Noel Clarke's Adulthood. His theatre career spans all genres, including taking on the iconic role of Othello at the Royal Lyceum Theatre's production directed by Mark Thompson.
"Book Three" will be based on the third of eight books in the "Outlander" series, entitled "Voyager." The third season of "Outlander" picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire's heart... as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Diana Gabaldon's eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The "Outlander" series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale.
Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of "Outlander," which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com. The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand with 24.2 million subscribers in the United States as of June 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.8 million subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms. Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming. The Starz Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 17 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio's premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.
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