Outlander has found its Young Ian and cast Joe Abernathy for Season 3

Following the awesome news that Australian actor David Berry (A Place to Call Home) had been cast as Lord John Grey on the third season of Outlander, now comes word that the time-traveling saga has filled the shoes of two new key characters.

Starz has announced that John Bell (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) has been cast in the fan-favorite role of Ian Fraser Murray, aka Young Ian, Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) 18th-century Scottish nephew, who's basically a younger version of his uncle. Here’s how Starz describes the character:

“Young Ian is a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Bursting with charm, he’s more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie than his farmer father Ian — but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy. However, he keeps trying to prove that he is a man and we will see him grow into quite a formidable one as the series evolves.”

You can see Bell in the pic below (from The Hobbit trilogy), besides actor Luke Evans.

Now, on to the second casting news. Wil Johnson (Waking the Dead) has nabbed the role of Joe Abernathy, Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) friend and confidante in 20th-century Boston (where Tobias Menzie’s Frank took her in the Season 2 premiere in order to start a new life); someone she will actually let in on her time-traveling secret. As per Starz:

“Joe is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire. He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a lifelong friendship.”

Season 3 of Ron D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) hit drama series will follow the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s series of Outlander novels, titled Voyager. Without spoiling too much of anything, I can tell you that we can expect more drama, a dash more time traveling, an adventurous sea voyage and a new exotic locale. Basically, it'll be awesome.

Here’s an extended synopsis for Season 3:

The third season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

There’s no official premiere date for the 13-episode third season of Outlander yet, but expect the show to return sometime in April (just like Season 2) of next year, following the no-doubt EPIC conclusion to the fourth and final season of Black Sails on Starz.

What do you guys think of the casting of Young Ian and Joe Abernathy?

(via Variety)

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