The role of Roger in “Outlander” Season 2 has finally been filled. Richard Rankin will play the highly anticipated character, Starz revealed.
Roger is a major character in the “Outlander” books, and presumably, he’ll become just as important in the TV show. He is Reverend Wakefield’s (James Fleet) adopted son. In the first season, viewers met Roger as a boy (Rory Burns) in the 1940s. However, they’ll soon meet him as a man.
In the book "Dragonfly in Amber," Roger is reintroduced as an adult in 1968. He becomes very close with Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) daughter, Brianna (who fans are also anxiously awaiting to be cast). Roger also has ties to Claire’s acquaintances from the 1700s. His ancestors are Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish). Being Geillis’ descendant, he’ll also have the ability to travel through time.
When viewers meet him in Season 2, he’ll be an Oxford University professor. “Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents,” the press release says.
After waiting so many months to hear of Rankin’s casting, fans were excited to finally hear the news. More importantly, they seem overjoyed by the casting choice.
— Jen Lei (@Jen_Lei) December 15, 2015
@RikRankin Welcome to Outlander!!! I cannot wait to see you as Roger Wakefield!!!!!
— Keely Guillot (@mommamyrn) December 15, 2015
— Grazia ♡ (@GraziaMgb616) December 15, 2015
@RikRankin Congratulations and welcome to the Outlander family!! I can tell already you'll be the perfect Roger Mac!!!
— Soul Rising (@SoulRising_ggsd) December 15, 2015
@RikRankin welcome to clan outlander you'll make a great roger Mac , and your voice is beautiful _
— Victoria Palmer (@tory19821982) December 15, 2015
— Vicki Carver (@VcCarver) December 15, 2015
Cast members Balfe, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe, and Sam Heughan (Jamie) were also happy to welcome him to the “Outlander” family. Heughan seemed anxious for Roger’s significant other to be announced as well.
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) December 15, 2015
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) December 14, 2015
However, viewers know that the most important opinion is that of “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon. The author welcomed Rankin, who appeared alonside Bradley Cooper in "Burnt" this fall, and warned him about her adoring fans.
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) December 15, 2015
“Outlander” Season 2 follows Jamie and Claire, who is pregnant, as they try to change the future. They'll try to stop the Battle of Culloden, but changing the future will be difficult. The second season premieres in 2016 on Starz.