UPDATE, August 2014: This post was originally written in May 2012 before Diana Gabaldon had real plans to bring Outlander to the small screen, so this was all simply fun speculation about who should play Jamie Fraser if a movie were ever made. In reality, now, of course, the book is being brought to STARZ with the verra sexy Sam Heughan playing Jamie. (And very well, at that!) But if you want to hear our own musings two years ago, read on:
Okay, call off the dogs. We found him.
We’ve found our Jamie Fraser.
It’s been a long, ongoing debate in the romance community: Who will play Jamie Fraser for any upcoming movie of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander? We’ve discussed it here on my blog, in fact, with 34 excellent comments and suggestions.
The reason it’s such a hot debate is that Diana Gabaldon has written one of the most popular heroes of all time. Outlander remains one of the top five romances in every list I’ve seen. And everyone loves Jamie.
So it’s a tall order to find the absolute perfect man to play him: Jamie is Scottish, so you need the accent. He’s tall and muscular, so you need size. He’s young (22), so that’s a challenge. He has long, light-colored hair and light eyes in the book. Some actors are tall enough but too dark. Or light and muscular enough, but no accent. Or large enough and blond, but too old. Or have the accent, but too short. … The debate goes on and on.
But I think I found him!
We just got back from seeing “The Avengers” the other night. …
(So you know who I’m going to say, right?)
He’s an absolute perfect Jamie. His accent is a little off (
British Oops. Eileen has told me he’s Australian), but he can act, so I’m sure he can fib the Scottish thing. His “Thor” hair is perfect. He’s nearing 30, which is a bit old for Jamie, but he has a bit of a baby face when he wants to, so he’ll be good for a few more years.
He’s so ideal for the role, in fact, I had to go back and scan the comments I got on my post, and — sure enough — someone DID recommend him, toward the bottom. (Good job, “Lisa”!) She even included a video.
And Diana Gabaldon herself had been doing imaginary “casting” on her Facebook page in April, so I went back and checked that, and sure enough, Chris made the cut there, too! (Here’s Diana’s FB page.)
So I know I’m not the only one who was dumbfounded by how ideal he is. And now we can all see Chris Hemsworth act in Thor and The Avengers and see for ourselves!
Whaddaya think, Jamie fans?