'Outlander' Season 2 casting update: Richard Rankin to play Roger Wakefield

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'Outlander'
Executive producer Ronald Moore, actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, and author Diana Gabaldon participate in the Starz "Outlander" panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 9, 2015. Reuters/David McNew

Richard Rankin has reportedly been cast as Roger Wakefield in “Outlander” Season 2. Roger will now be seen as a professor at Oxford and will be interested in learning more about history.

According to a report by The Wrap, Roger has been described as an “intelligent, kind hearted and charming” young man. The character is the adopted son of Reverend Wakefield and he was a very young boy when the audience saw him in the first season.

Roger is said to be a “proud Scot through and through.” The report also points out that in the book “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon, on which the next season is based on, Roger is the love interest of Brianna.

Brianna is the daughter of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). This major character is yet to be cast for the show. It is still not clear for how many episodes Roger will be seen alongside Brianna, as filming for “Outlander” Season 2 has been ongoing for quite some time.

Before joining the show as Roger, Rankin was a cast member in multiple TV series. Some of the shows he has been a part of include “The Syndicate,” “American Odyssey,” “Silent Witness,” “The Crimson Field,” “Burnistoun,” “Taggart,” ‘The Old Guys,” “Legit” and “VideoGaiden.”

The actor was also a part of the comedy movie “Burnt,” which starred Bradley Cooper. His latest projects include the TV series “From Darkness” and the TV Mini-series “Thirteen,” which is currently in the post production phase.

Filming for “Outlander” Season 2 is currently ongoing in Scotland. The show is expected to return by March or April of 2016. The producers have so far not committed an exact release date. Some of the cast members of the show include Tobias Menzies (Frank and Jack Randall), Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fraser) and Dominique Pinon (Master Raymond).

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