Outlander is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling series of books which span the genres of romance, science fiction, history. It centers on Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (to be played by Sam Heughan ), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Menzies will play Frank Randall (in the present) and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (in the past). Frank Randall is Claire's 20th century husband and a professional historian with a deep interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945, after being separated by the war. They are rekindling their relationship when Claire suddenly disappears. Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall is Frank's ancestor from the 18th century. A Captain in the English Army posted into Scotland during a time when rebellion was rife. The nickname is no mistake, while Black Jack Randall may look striking similar, he is nothing like the gentle, bookish Frank; he is a dark, violent man who will take what he wants at any cost.
In Game Of Thrones Menzies the heir to House Tully of Riverrun, Edmure Tully.
The series will begin filming in Scotland in the autumn and will air on Starz in the States starting in 2014.
Ronald D Moore is also currently working on Helix .