At the special fan event at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles today, while thousands of ecstatic, screaming fans watched, STARZ debuted the first film from the upcoming Outlander series. I know this is what you all want to see, so here it is:
The 1-1/2 hour event featured Ron Moore, executive producer, author Diana Gabaldon (who celebrates her birthday today), and series starts Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.
Ron Moore announced that music for the series would be composed by Bear McCreary, who has done the score for Black Sails, STARZ’ upcoming new series, and the Walking Dead. McCreary has a strong interest in the Jacobite period of Scottish history, which is when much of Outlander is set.
Diana was asked which scene she is most interested in seeing come to life, and got a big laugh from the audience when she said it would be the scene where Jamie is tortured and raped – and Sam asked at that point why they don’t have stunt doubles in the show. Sam gave shout-outs to the Heughligans, a fan group that was formed shortly after he was cast in the show. Moore talked about the fan base, saying that they are “just people who love the show. And that’s how they express it.”
The group was asked what they are “superfans” of, and Sam said that he has been a Lord of the Rings fans for years. His parents were “kind of hippies,” he said, and named him and his brother after LOTR characters. Ron Moore said that he watches Seinfeld every night, to which his wife Terry, the show’s costume designer, tweeted, “Every night during dinner.”
Following the event, another special Outlander event was announced – an Outlander retreat in Seattle, WA on Saturday, June 7 to celebrate the publication of the next book in the series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Click here to get more information about this event, which will include a cocktail mixer, meet and greet, and personal photo with Diana, and a copy of the new book.
Video of the fan event has been uploaded to Youtube – you can watch below. NOTE: Skip ahead to about 1:15. No idea why, but the first hour and a quarter is just a card saying “coming soon.” You’ll know you’ve got the start when you see two bagpipers playing.