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Outlander season 2 is here! The 13-episode second season, based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel Dragonfly in Amber, launched on April 9th. Here’s all the latest news from the Starz drama, including trailers, gorgeous character portraits, and news on the seemingly infinite number of season 2 cast members…

Outlander Season 2 Latest News

Outlander season 2 continues Saturday with “Je Suis Prest,” which sees Jamie training his men (hopefully, there will be a montage!) and Claire haunted by memories of WWII. Here’s the official synopsis:

Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.

And here’s the training-centric promo for “Je Suis Prest”:

Outlander Season 2 Premiere Date

Outlander season 2 kicked off on April 9th at 9:00 p.m. on Starz. Wondering if you should give it a try? Here’s our spoiler-free review of the first few episodes of the season.

Outlander Season 2 Story

Outlander season 2 is based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander book series: Dragonfly in Amber. Here’s the official synopsis for season 2:

“Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden.  With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful.  Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship.  However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.”

Outlander Season 2 Episodes

Outlander Season 2, Episode 1: Through A Glass, Darkly

Returning to her own time in the 20th century, Claire must reconcile her future with the life and love she left behind. Shifting back to 18th century, Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh arrive on the shores of France to turn the tides of history, but quickly learn that Paris presents its own unique set of challenges.

Original airdate: 4/9/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 2: Not in Scotland Anymore

Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham’s presence brings complications.

Original airdate: 4/16/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 3: Useful Occupations and Deceptions

Jamie’s days and nights are dominated by political machinations, while Claire finds solace in her healing skills. As their plan to stop Culloden progresses, including engaging the aid of a young pickpocket, the past threatens to derail their forward momentum.

Original airdate: 4/23/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 4: La Dame Blanche

Claire and Jamie throw an elaborate dinner party intended to derail investors in Prince Charles’ war effort. Meanwhile, Claire’s revelation that Jack Randall is alive sparks Jamie in an unexpected way as he and Claire struggle to regain their physical intimacy.

Original airdate: 4/30/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 5: Untimely Resurrection

Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited; however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.

Original airdate: 5/7/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 6: Best Laid Schemes…

Claire’s medical knowledge is used to devise a plan to halt a deal that would fill the war chest, but she learns Jamie has reneged on his word, and that leads to problems for both of them.

Original airdate: 5/14/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 7: Faith

Claire is brought to L’Hopital Des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practicing the dark arts – one an enemy, one a friend.

Original airdate: 5/21/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 8: The Fox’s Lair

Claire and Jamie attempt to elicit support from Jamie’s grandsire, Lord Lovat; Colum MacKenzie arrives with plans of his own; Lord Lovat makes moves to advance his own interests.

Original airdate: 5/28/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 9: Je Suis Prest

Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.

Original airdate: 6/4/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 10: Prestonpans

Original airdate: 6/11/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 11: Vengeance is Mine

Original airdate: 6/18/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 12: The Hail Mary

Original airdate: 6/25/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 13: Dragonfly in Amber

Original airdate: 7/2/16

Outlander Season 2 Trailer

Check out the first footage from Outlander season 2. This first trailer focuses on Claire and Jamie’s mission in France to change the course of history by stopping the Jacobite rebellion and, you know, saving Highlander culture forever. #AchievableGoals

Starz also released this featurette, showing a bit more footage and giving us some insight from showrunner Ronald D. Moore on the historical context of Claire and Jaime’s history-changing plan, the visual change as Outlander travels to opulent Paris, and the tensions in Jamie and Claire’s relationship in season 2…

The last trailer released before the season 2 premiere stays tighter on Claire’s own time-traveling journey, beginning with Murtagh trying to wrap his brain around Claire’s jump through time and ending with the tease that Claire will travel back to the mid-20th century — and to Frank — before the season is over…

Here is a season 2 promo specifically focused on the character arc of Jamie Fraser…

Outlander Season 2 Cast

Starz released gorgeous official character portraits for the major players in Outlander season 2. There are 13 in all, with the following characters from season 1 getting their very own portraits: Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies), Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix), Dougall MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), Angus Mhor (Stephen Walters), and Rupert MacKenzie (Grant O’Rourke).

There are also some new characters amongst the portraits, including: Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne), Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower), Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser), and Le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber). You might want to pay particularly close attention to Le Comte St. Germain, as he will be playing season 2’s villain.

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What can we learn from the Outlander key art Starz just released for season 2? Well, it certainly sells the opulence of the upcoming season. We are no longer in the rough, dirty hills and castles of the Scottish countryside. Instead, we have a new “etiquette of war,” set in the opulence of Parisian court — and Claire and Jamie are more invested in the game than ever…

As you can see in the image above, our two stars are the only characters staring at the camera — and the rest of the French court characters we’ll be meeting in season 2 are too busy looking at one another to be rightly suspicious that the Frasers are up to something. The only character who understands Claire and Jamie’s true importance — and power — is Murtagh Fraser, who we see in one of the trailers (available below) working through all of the years time-traveling Claire has lived through.

In addition to the characters featured in the above character portraits, Outlander has added quite a few new, important faces to its cast…

French actor Dominique Piñon is joining the cast of Outlander for season two. His character is the “mysterious Master Raymond.” Via TVLine, the character is a “healer with a great deal of knowledge regarding secret matters, both political and occult,” who will develop a bond with Claire. The actor is best known for his role in Alien: Resurrection.

Richard Rankin will play Roger Wakefield, the adopted son of the Reverend Wakefield, who was seen only briefly last season but who may become increasingly important if the source material is any indication.

Finally, we have the addition of Sophie Skelton in the role of fan-favorite Brianna. Brianna is Claire and Jamie’s daughter, a character who has her own time-traveling adventures (if the TV show follows the plot of the books, that is). Talking to Zap2it about the casting of the role, showrunner Ronald D. Moore said about Brianna: “You will get to see her [but] not until we get back to the 1968 story, which won’t be for a while — towards the end of the season.”

Outlander season 2 officially finished filming in mid-April. Series star Sam Heughan tweeted an image of he and co-star Caitriona Balfe from the last day of filming, captioning it: “Mud… Wind… Must be Outlander S2!? Had no idea where I was after Aus, Japan, LA/NYC. Last DAY official!!”

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5/30/2016 at 3:06PM

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Dwayne Johnson will play the lead in Shane Black's Doc Savage movie!

It’s been nearly 40 years since Doc Savage, one of the most prolific and influential pulp adventure heroes of all time, graced the silver screen. That’s going to change, as Shane Black is set to direct a new Doc Savage movie for Sony. Black also co-wrote a draft of the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. And now they’ve found the perfect physical match for their title character in Dwayne Johnson.

Don’t know who Doc Savage is? Perhaps you should. Clark Savage Jr. is a forerunner of Superman (the incredibly strong Savage was heralded as “The Man of Bronze” in his pulp adventures), Indiana Jones, and James Bond (he was a brilliant inventor with an arsenal of clever weapons), and one could argue that his team of gifted specialists are forerunners of later super-teams like the Fantastic Four. Doc Savage first appeared in 1933, and went on to star in hundreds of novels and comic books, as well as 1975’s George Pal film, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, which starred former TV Tarzan, Ron Ely.

After a few little hints here and there, Dwayne Johnson has gone public with his interest in playing Doc Savage, via Instagram.

It’s OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world’s first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the “Man of Bronze” himself Clark “Doc” Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod’s producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about “Doc” Savage is that he’s the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called “Man of Bronze”, retreats to his “Fortress of Solitude” in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women’s perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the “weirdo” part behind. But to us, it’s that “weirdo” part that makes Clark “Doc” Savage dope! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #DocSavage

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With all of the other projects on his schedule, it makes sense that the earliest they could get going on Doc Savage would be 2017. There’s little doubt that Johnson looks almost uncannily like the James Bama painted paperback covers that are the most well known interpretation of the character.

I have to love this excerpt from Rock’s effusive Instagram, though…

He is literally the master of everything. But here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!

Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious.

It’s true. Savage was trained from birth to be “the master of everything.” But as a result, the potential for comedy is there. If you lived the first 30 years of your life doing nothing but strenuous physical and mental exercises surrounded by old me, you’d probably be a bit of a “weirdo” too. Playing up the comedy element of this will help differentiate Doc Savage from other superhero movies, and as long as it doesn’t veer too far into the self-aware (like the ill-fated 1975 movie), this could be a lot of fun.

Our own Ed Douglas spoke with Shane Black a few weeks ago and the subject of the Doc Savage movie came up. Black had confirmed some mutual interest with Johnson for the title role.

“We need a lead character and we’ve been pursuing a guy who says he’s very interested in doing it, he’d like to do it, and that’s this guy Dwayne Johnson,” Mr. Black said. “I think he’d play a terrific Doc. Here’s the problem. He’s really busy, so before I got to him, he’s got three movies lined up, so the fact that we had to wait is effectively what got me doing The Predator, cause I would have liked to do Doc but then that came along and I said, ‘Sure, great, good timing because we’re waiting for Dwayne Johnson to stop doing movies so we can get him for our movie, and hopefully that will be the next one.”

With Dwayne Johnson as Doc Savage, Sony could put together an Ocean’s 11 like team of adventurers to back him up. Done properly, this could be the franchise they’re looking for. Now we just have to see if this is set in the 1930s, or if it will be updated for the 21st Century.

This article has been updated with some new information to reflect Dwayne Johnson’s official announcement.

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Mike Cecchini

5/30/2016 at 11:56AM

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