Busy Outlander Cast Party Hard off Screen

Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 12.35.09 PMWhile taking a break in filming in the last two weeks, some of the stars have been seeing to personal business and just plain shenanigans.

Last week, Catriona Balfe tied the  knot with fiancé Anthony “Tony” McGill, a music producer, on August 10, 2019. A quiet church wedding in Bruton, Somerset UK. Hopefully this puts to rest a lot of the ugly “shipping” that has been going on in the Outlander feeds about Cait and Sam. The honeymoon is on hold, as Balfe got right back at it with shooting on Monday.

Duncan Lacroix has been catching up on his Instagram account after weeks of Regulator maneuvers. He found his old business card which makes me just want to run out and get some printed myself.

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And a few days back, this “Squad” was celebrating. We don’t know if it’s a combo celebration because another block of filming is done, Producer Matt B. Roberts announced they are just past half way on filming, or that Sam’s new Whiskey line, The Sassenach Unique Spirits, has announced its first release, or various combo party things. But if you just look at that table. Attendees included Duncan Lacroix, David Berry, Sophie Skelton. And how is it Duncan manages to find all of the parties?

We’re still wondering on the story behind calling it Sassenach since he’s a Scot. Check it out at Instagram @sassenachspirits. It’s Sam’s new business venture with Great Glen Company. Check out sassenachspirits.com. Much of which will be drunk on the new Clanlands podcast debuting next month with Sam and Graham McTavish talking clan history. Check out the new Instagram at @clanlands.

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Cambusbarron, Stirling Area Night Shoot August 9, 2019

images-5.jpgRumor has it tonight the “Night Shoot” Duncan Lacroix mentioned this week is occurring in Cambusbarron area, near Stirling. The somewhat secret location of where Fraser’s Ridge is staged. These are the same woods areas used for earlier season night shoots with The Regulators. People are waiting for friends who may have been filming BTS. Stay tuned. Hope those of you traveling were lucky enough to get to the Stirling area. Murrays Wood, Mine Woods and Murrayshall Quarry, near Stirling.IMG_3135

Interested in the save Gillies Hill Campaign? The quarry is under threat again and may mean Outlander filming will be impacted in the area.

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Duncan Lacroix Will Be a Bit Late to Highlanders 4 Con/Starfury Birmingham

IMG_3118Actor Duncan Lacroix posted on Instagram today after several weeks absence that he is fully intending on being at Starfury’s Highlander Con this weekend August 9-11 in Birmingham, UK. Apparently there is a night shoot Friday he must attend for a pesky show called Outlander.

Anyone know where they are filming this week? Fans of the show are desperately trying to find out.

If you are lucky enough to go to the con and get pictures with Duncan, please share to Twitter #duncanlacroix as many people will love you for it. Have a blast. He’s threatening to look very disheveled, so we can’t wait.

Other attendees are David Berry, Lotte Verbeek, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lauren Lyle, Ed Speleers, and Steven Cree.


Looks like Duncan made it to Highlanders 4

Outlander Season 5 Casting Announcement Mark Barrett

IMG_3107Actor Mark Barrett has been chosen to fill a “featured” role in Season 5 of Outlander. “Featured” usually means recurring character, small role. His agency, International Artists Management, announced his casting on July 31, 2019. However, the character he is playing has not been named.

Warning, spoilers ahead.

Given the story arch of The Regulators and various historical figures involved in that conflict, it is possible he could be playing one of the leaders. However if he is recurring, then we suspect with his features and coloring, he may be playing the character of  William Buccleigh MacKenzie. Who is that? Book readers know that Roger MacKenzie’s ancestors were descended from Geillis Duncan and Dougal MacKenzie. That son is William Buccleigh MacKenzie.

On Rogers trip to America on the Gloriana ship in Season 4 (1769), he defends a woman and her child fearing they will be thrown overboard by Stephan Bonnet as the baby has a rash. Bonnet is throwing anyone with signs of pestilence overboard. Roger finds out that this woman is Morag MacKenzie, and her child Jeremiah is Roger’s several times Great-Grandfather, and name he knows from his family lineage. She is married to William (Buck) Buccleigh MacKenzie. Roger meets Morag again in The Fiery Cross, the book that Season 5 is based on. This time it is during the War of the Regulation. Let’s just say Buck MacKenzie and Roger don’t get along well.


Since this actor looks a lot like Richard Rankin in features, it is possible that he may be playing his father, Jeremiah MacKenzie. Jeremiah MacKenzie was supposedly shot down and killed in WWII, and after Rogers mother dies, he goes to live with his uncle, the Reverend Wakefield. Again, more details on this in future books.

Also announced from the same agency on June 28 2019, Leonard Cook will be joining Outlander Season 5 for a featured role.


Leonard Cook

However this will come out, once Sony Pictures and Starz have announced a new character like this, if they are following suit with prior years, we will get more announcements of casting over the next few months as they wrap up filming for Season 5.



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July Filming in Hottest Week for Outlander at Queens Park, Glasgow

Film crews were seen at Queens Park, Glasgow South Govanhill area, Scotland on July 23, 2019 filming what looked to be more 1960s or 70s scenes. Temps were 30° Celsius plus over the week, the hottest in 125 years in Europe.


If you are traveling to Scotland in August, it is rumored that there may be filming at the Hopetown Estate, namely Midhope Castle. However, there are many properties on this estate used for filming. This location is used to film exterior scenes for Lallybroch. If you are planning on a visit to Scotland to see Outlander locales, this is usually the top of the list. Please call ahead, while they try to list closures on site, due to contractual agreements and publicity, they may not announce officially until a day or two before. It is also wedding season. And it looks like their news section has not been updated for some time. The estate is located west of Queensferry, outside of Edinburgh.

Starz Announces Early 2020 Return for Season 5 of Outlander

Starz® announced Friday, July 26 2019, that Outlander will be returning for Season 5 in early 2020. We are nearing the middle of Droughtlander, the term so dreaded by fans as the show has usually taken 11-12 months of filming and production in past seasons.

The speed of filming is down to fewer episodes, and more film teams. While we are used to long series here in the states and Canada, sometimes reaching 18 episodes per season in some shows, with large productions like Game of Thrones and Outlander, longer seasons is both costly and time consuming. Most series that are period or special effects driven in other countries are 6 to 10 episodes.

Starz® announced it was extending the series to season 6 in 2018. Knowing the fanbase history, fans of the show will start campaigning for seasons 7 and 8 by the time season 5 airs. However, given the shorter episode pattern, it is possible that the writers, who are already going in different directions from the book series, may surpass author Diana Gabaldon’s writing. She is currently finishing book 9 and averages 5 to 6 years a book. Let’s hope we make it to the explanation of the ghost of Jaimie in series 1. Although, many of us already know that one.