As a special treat for “Outlander” fans who came to the Comic-Con 2014 panel on Friday (July 25), Starz debuted a new trailer featuring tons of footage of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie (Sam Heughan) and all the characters from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books that will be brought to life when the series premieres August 9.
But if you weren’t one of the lucky few who packed the panel room to hear what the stars, creator and executive producer Ron Moore had to say about the hotly-anticipated new series, don’t fret. Zap2it’s got you covered.
Check out the new trailer below:
Besides listening to Heughan speak Gaelic — which sent the room into fresh screams and squeals each time — here’s what the cast and minds behind the new Starz series had to say during the panel:
— Liam Neeson and Sean Connery were both contenders to play Jamie — however, that was many, many years ago when Gabaldon was thinking about adapting the books into a feature film.
— The actors love their costumes. “I wish we dressed like that now,” Graham McTavish says of the kilts he wears. “I would wear those clothes all the time. The costumes are fantastic, they really are.”
— “Outlander” isn’t just a romance. In fact, Gabaldon says the series doesn’t have a distinct genre. She’s seen her books sold as fiction, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, horror, military history, romance and more.
— Tobias Menzies spoke very carefully about filming Jamie and Black Jack’s “intense” scenes that are coming up later in the season. “We haven’t filmed all of them,” Menzies says. “But we have certainly made a start. They’re challenging and they also feel really deep in the muscle of the piece. Especially the backstory as to what happened to Jack and Jamie before the story starts. It was important to get that right.”
— Heughan was intimidated when he approached portraying Jamie and Claire’s relationship. “It’s not just blind love,” Heughan says. “They fight like cat and dog and the relationship is constantly tested.”
— When Gabaldon spoke with her friend George R.R. Martin about adapting her book series into a TV show, their conversation went a little something like this. “He said, ‘How many episodes are you getting?'” Gabaldon says. “I said, ’16.’ He went, ‘What?! They only give me 10!'”
“Outlander” premieres Saturday, Aug. 9 on Starz.