STARZ announced that Tobias Menzies has been cast in the roles of Frank Randall and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall in the upcoming series Outlander.
Menzies is best known for his roles in HBO’s Game of Thrones, as the heir to House Tully of Riverrun, Edmure Tully and as Marcus Junius Brutus in HBO’s Rome. Menzies won a film role beside Dame Judy Dench in the 2006 James Bond franchise, Casino Royale. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998 and began his acting career in popular UK series such as Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Dr. Who: Cold War, and Casualty.
Menzies is joining Sam Heughan who was recently cast in the role of Jamie Fraser.
Outlander is an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and will premier on STARZ in 2014.
The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Frank Randall is Claire’s 20th century husband and a professional historian with a deep interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945, after being separated by the war. They are rekindling their relationship when Claire suddenly disappears. Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall is Frank’s ancestor from the 18th century. A Captain in the English Army posted into Scotland during a time when rebellion was rife. The nickname is no mistake; while Black Jack Randall may look striking similar, he is nothing like the gentle, bookish Frank; he is a dark, violent man who will take what he wants at any cost.
I think Tobias Menzies will make a fine Frank/Black Jack Randall. He has the look to be an innocuous scholar one minute and an evil black guard a minute later with just the rise of an eyebrow.
Now, if they would just cast Claire!! The Outlander fandom is waiting with bated breath.