Outlander adds Orphan Black and Downton Abbey alums in key Season 4 roles

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Filming on the fourth season of Outlander officially kicked off in Scotland this week, and Starz has revealed the first casting news for its critically acclaimed series.

Joining the cast in key roles for Season 4 are Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors, Orphan Black) and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Alice Through the Looking Glass) in the roles of Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) strong-willed (and blind) Aunt Jocasta and Irish pirate/smuggler Stephen Bonnet, respectively.


This is some pretty great casting news right there, and without wanting to spoil things too much, let's just say Bonnet will be stepping into Black Jack Randall’s (Tobias Menzies) well-polished boots as the new villain of Ron D. Moore’s time-travel series next year. Comprised of 13 episodes, Season 4 will be based on author Diana Gabaldon’s fourth book in the series, Drums of Autumn.


The third season of the Golden Globe-nominated series is currently airing on Starz, with the highly anticipated Print Shop reunion episode titled “A. Malcolm” slated to air on Oct. 22, while next Sunday will feature a marathon viewing of the first five episodes of the season.

To make up for skipping a week and because it will feature what is bound to be an epic and steamy reunion between Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) that’s been 20 years in the making (for them), Episode 6 will be a whopping 74 minutes long — the longest episode yet for the series.

What do you think of the casting of Maria Doyle Kennedy as Aunt Jocasta and Ed Speleers as Stephen Bonnet? Do the actors match your personal headcanon?

(via Coming Soon)