Actor 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.
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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