If there were a movie . . .
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For instance, I always picture Claire as Ann Archer (the wife in Fatal Attraction) and Roger as the guy who plays Desmond on the TV show Lost. Does anyone else do that?
So two questions -- One --who would you cast for the leading roles?
Two -- Which is your favorite book? (I vote for Drums of Autumn -- I lile all the traveling thru the stones stuff)
(probably should be two separate threads, but Oh well)
Alana -- Is Isaacs the guy who plays Lucious Malfoy? If so -- that is really strange because that is exactly how I see Frank/Black Jack.
The only Jamie I can come up with is maybe Steven Segal -- but he'd have to dye his hair.
And Laura Prepon is a great idea for Bree, that is the one i could never come up with.
#5 I also pictured Ewan McGregor for Roger.
As for Jamie, I would pick Gerard Butler. He would be perfect. he was in Timeline, Tomb Raider, and most recently 300. His hair isn't the right color, but other than that...
I've read talk before about Butler as Jamie, but it just doesn't work for me. I can, however, see him as Dougal, Jamie's uncle.
Also, I never thought of Rachel Weisz as Claire (always liked Kate Winslet), but now that I think of it she WOULD be good.
Roger Wakefield ~ Matthew Macfadyen
Geillis Duncan ~ Kiera Knightley
Jenny Murray ~ Natalie Portman
Brian Fraser ~ Jeremy Northam
Lord John Grey ~ James McAvoy
Simon Lord Lovat, the Old Fox ~ Sean Connery!!! Reality though...Anthony Hopkins or Jeffrey Rush
Colum MacKenzie ~ Clive Owen
Laoghaire ~ Gabrielle Anwar
Whoever plays Brianna can play Jamie's mother, Ellen, in flashbacks just like Binoche played mother/daughter in Wuthering Heights.
Soooooo many characters....couldn't name actors for all of them!!! But what do you think so far???
BTW...my mom likes Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings) for Jamie. I can't think of anyone myself.
I happen to specialize in making icons at LiveJournal based on who I think would be good if Outlander were ever made in a movie. I use Gerry Butler for a lot of them, but I cast many others too. If you care to take a look, you can go to my Outlander icon journal at:
My alter egos over there are julielu and crymeariver_. Browse around, I've made over 100 Outlander icons over the past few years. Here's a sample of a few I've made into colorbar banners:
*and yes, I agree, Jason Isaacs is the one and only Frank/Black Jack Randall
As for Jamie, the group Celtic Thunder has a 14 year old young man who I could see growing into the part (if only he had red hair). His name is Damian McGinty, and if you want to take a look, you can see several of the groups videos out on YouTube. You cannot mistake Damian as he is the youngest member of the group.
Claire: Rachel Weisz would make a phenomenal Claire. Can't think of anyone better suited at the moment.
Jamie: So difficult to assign any actor to Jamie because he is just too perfect - but I think Chase Crawford or possibly Tom Welling would do the part well. A bulkier Chase would steam up the screen, and I think he's around 6'. I'm trying to envision someone who could pull off red hair like Jamie and that's difficult to do. A friend of mine thinks Sawyer from Lost would be suitable. Definitely needs to be a gloriously well-built, tall man, w/ blue eyes, who can wear a short beard and also longer locks. Also, I picture Jamie as young and buff. Not an easy choice.
Black Jack/Randall: I like Isaacs for the part as well. Someone mentioned Rufus Sewell - another great choice, but the actor will need to slightly resemble Frank, so that would be a tough one.
Dougal: I like the idea of Gerard Butler, or Eric Bana. I can't envision Butler as Jamie in any way. He's just not hunky enough for me and w/ red hair? Just not seeing it. Butler as Dougal - YES!
Bree: I envision Emmy Rossum, or Emma Roberts but I'm not sure if the height would be an issue.
Roger: Jake Gyllenhall, Hayden Christensen, or Tom Welling. A tall, slender guy who could pull off dark hair and green eyes.
I haven't given the others much thought. :) I hope a movie, or series of movies, emerge. Someone also mentioned the possibility of HBO taking the reigns - so long as they stick to the actual books rather than write new material or take it too far off-track, this would be a great option. I, personally, think HBO butchered Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series - but I still tune in. :)
For me, the older Jamie looks like Kevin McKidd, from Grey's - he has red hair and is actually Scottish. I think that the accent is major. I can't picture anyone faking an accent to be Jamie because his Scottish-ness is so apart of him. I think #23 mentioned McKidd, too.
But young Jamie may be an impossible casting. I hope that a young Scotsman comes out of the woodwork and can fulfill the role. That'll probably be for most of the characters, if Outlander is ever actually filmed (let's all not hold our breath for it, though).
The Outlander saga needs to be an HBO or Showtime series. There's just too much to even imagine making any of the books into a 2 hour movie. I wouldn't mind too much if HBO made changes to better suit the general public, as they did with Harris' series (unlike #24). As long as the basic needs of the books are met - the general storyline is kept, the feel of the novel, the history. I mean you have to remember that most of the novel takes place in the narrator's head, so changes will be made to round out Outlander.
Anne Archer would have been great, for Claire, but I think she's a bit old for that younger part now.
I kind of like the idea of Laura Prepon for Bree. I can see that--not necessarily in love with it, but it's a visual I can live with.
I completely disagree with everyone who thinks Gerard Butler would be a good Jamie. He just doesn't do it for me. Ever since watching True Blood, I'm now picturing Alcide's face while reading Outlander...
ETA: blesaint - you might be onto something with Michael Fassbender. He would need to bulk up to be Jamie, but his coloring and age look pretty good. :)
What about Gabriel Aubry? He's a little young, but oh so yummy.