Get ready! The Outlander prequel, Blood of My Blood, has officially begun production in Scotland, Starz announced on February 5, 2024. But what’s most notable about the news is the series won’t just center on the lives and relationship of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, but will also explore the origin story of Claire’s parents, Julia Moriston and Henry Beauchamp.
According to Starz, the series will focus on the two parallel love stories set in two different time periods, with Jamie’s parents in the early 18th century Scottish Highlands and Claire’s parents in WWI England. (Hey, if the flagship series can make it work with all that time travel, so can this Blood of My Blood.)
“We’re thrilled to be telling the stories of these two couples,” showrunner, executive producer, and writer Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement. “The origins of their relationships explore universal themes that transcend time periods and we’re so excited for fans to discover and fall in love with these characters and their love stories the way they have with Claire and Jamie.”
Speaking of those characters, Starz has also announced the actors who will take on the lead roles.
Harriet Slater, best known for Pennyworth and Belgravia: The Next Chapter, will play Jamie’s mom, Ellen MacKenzie, while Jamie Roy, best known for starring in Condor’s Nest and Flowers and Honey, will take on the role of Jamie’s dad, Brian Fraser.
As for Claire’s parents, those roles will be played by Hermione Corfield (The Road Dance) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Corfield will play Claire’s mom, Julia Moriston, and Irvine will play Claire’s dad, Henry Beauchamp.
Outlander: Blood of My Blood, will consist of 10 episodes in season one. Since production just began, there’s not a teaser trailer available yet, but look for that in the coming months. Meanwhile, as Outlander fans anxiously await the remaining eight episodes in season seven, Starz still has not given a specific timeframe for its return, only to say it will be back “later this year.” Furthermore, the 10-episode final season will start production “shortly” in Scotland.