The digital division over at Starz stepped in it a bit last week when they prematurely tweeted that actor had been tapped to star in their television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
But this week, the Scottish actor was officially confirmed to be stepping into the role of Jamie Fraser, tweeted Gabaldon herself:
Executive Producer Ron Moore also weighed in with the official statement:
From the very beginning, I knew the part of Jamie Fraser would be difficult to cast. I had no one in mind for the part. I knew that someone would just come into the audition and be Jamie Fraser. And that’s what Sam did.
The Outlander series, of which there are 7 novels so far, mixes history, sci-fi, romance and adventure, and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide to date. Starz ordered an initial 16 episodes of the series with more to follow if it does well. Here's the official summary from Starz:
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.
The role of Claire has yet to be cast. Heughan's most notable work to date has been the 2007 movie A Very British Sex Scandal and joining the long-running cast of British drama Doctors in 2009.