Sam Heughan Lands Lead Role in Outlander

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Sam Heughan has nabbed the lead role in Outlander.

An upcoming Starz drama from Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore, the series is based on novels by Diana Gabaldon and tells the tale of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse in 1945 who goes back in time to 1743.

Once there, she is forced to marry Heughan's Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior who causes problems for the time-traveling Claire: she doesn't know which man or life she wants to follow.

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“Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart,” said Gabaldon in a statement. “Having seen Sam Heughan not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters.”

Outlander will premiere some time in 2014 and air a 16-episode opening season.

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