Published by Lora Published on June 22, 2016

The wait is almost over until the finale of ‘Outlander’ and Entertainment Weekly released a first look at Sophie and co-star Richard Rankin as Brianna and Roger, two new characters joining the show. Are you excited?

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Two very important characters are set to debut on the second season finale of Outlander, and EW has snagged the first look!

Meet Brianna Randall (Sophie Skelton) and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), two of the most integral characters to the Outlander series behind Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). Though viewers of the Starz drama met younger versions of the duo in previous episodes, this is the first time the network has released images from the July 9 finale.

Brianna is the daughter of Jamie and Claire (though raised in America by her mom’s first husband, Frank) while Roger is her future love interest in the saga about a WWII combat nurse who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland.

“There is so much anticipation for these characters,” says Rankin, a 33-year-old Glasgow native who appeared in Bradley Cooper’s 2015 flick Burnt. “I really think what we care most about is whether people are going to be happy with these characters that they’ve been waiting two years for.”

Though cast in 2015, Starz and the Outlander team have kept a tight lid on details surrounding Brianna and Roger’s debut. Producers, in fact, were so concerned about leaks they hid the actors from public view when they finally filmed their scenes in Scotland.

“There’s been this buildup for so long,” says the U.K.-born Skelton, 22, who expects to endure some scrutiny from fans who have devoured Diana Gabaldon’s novels from which the series is based. “It’s a scary thought because of things like the fact that Brianna’s from Boston, but we decided not to go with a Boston accent. We just assumed that given how she was raised in a private Catholic school in the ’60s, she sort of had any Boston drummed out of her and she’d be a standard American.”

“And then there are things like the eye color,” she continues. “I think people are expecting [her to wear] contacts because Bri’s eyes are blue [in the books]. Everybody will have a different view.”

For more from Skelton and Rankin on their big reveal, pick up the next issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

Published by Lora Published on June 12, 2016

Here are some news about ‘Outlander’ season finale (July 9) and Sophie’s character Brianna. Warning spoilers below!

SCOTLAND NOW – OUTLANDER’S Season 2 finale is set to be a movie-length epic, Starz have announced.

Producers revealed they will deliver a 90-minute episode to close the hit second season – which is bound to be packed with action.

The finale, which will be called Dragonfly in Amber after Diana Gabaldon’s second novel, will also include the much anticipated arrival of fan favourites Brianna Randall and Roger Wakefield.

The new characters will be played by Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin.

The official Starz description of the series finale reads: “Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her twenty-year-old daughter, Brianna, and meets Roger Wakefield. Claire visits Lallybroch and Culloden Moor to make peace with the past, while Brianna and Roger bond over researching Randall family history. Claire finally reveals the truth to Brianna about her time travel through the stones, her life in 1700’s Scotland, and Brianna’s true parentage. The story is intercut with another one back in the 18th century, which happens on the day of the Battle of Culloden. When Jamie’s last ditch attempts to deter The Prince fail, he and Claire come up with a dangerous plan – which Dougal overhears, inciting him to a murderous rage. Jamie must do everything he can to save the ones he loves, even if it means saying goodbye to some — or all — of them.”

Outlander’s Season 2 finale will take place on Saturdya, July 9 in the US.

Last week, Starz announced that Outlander had been renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 , which are based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

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VARIETY – Starz’s “Outlander” has cast British actress Sophie Skelton in the fan-favorite role of Brianna for Season 2, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

(Spoiler Alert) Brianna, a striking, redheaded young lady, is the daughter of lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years (traits inherited from both her mother and father), Brianna has a distinctly scholastic mindset and a healthy dose of Fraser stubbornness.

Skelton joins previously announced cast member Richard Rankin, who will play Roger Wakefield. Rankin will portray the adult version of Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, who viewers met as a child in Season 1.

Skelton, a trained singer and dancer, has appeared in UK TV shows including “Doctors,” “DCI Banks,” “Waterloo Road” and “Foyle’s War.” She and most recently appeared in a lead role in an episode of the BBC drama “Casualty – Forsaking All Others.” She’ll next be seen in the title role in “Ren,” a fantasy action-adventure series for Mythica Entertainment in which she plays a young woman marked by an ancient spirit who must risk everything to discover the truth about her life. On the big screen, she’ll appear in “Another Mother’s Son,” directed by Christopher Menaul, followed by “Ladybird,” directed by Tim Fellingham and Charlotte Stente Nelson.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s sprawling series of novels have been anxiously awaiting news of the character’s casting since production began on Season 2, even creating a hashtag, #BreeWatch, while speculating over potential actresses for the role.

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