Starz announces Outlander prequel Blood of My Blood centered on Jamie Fraser’s parents

Starz announces Outlander prequel Blood of My Blood centered on Jamie Fraser’s parents

On Thursday, Starz announced it’s developing a prequel to critically-acclaimed hit show Outlander titled Blood of My Blood with author Diana Gabaldon serving as a consulting producer.

The romantic drama will be centered on Highland warrior Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) late parents – Brian Robert David Fraser and Ellen Caitriona Sileas MacKenzie.

Brian Fraser died, age 49, from apoplexy in 1740 three years before the magical time-traveling arrival of WWII military nurse Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe) who falls for Jamie.

Ready for more? On Thursday, Starz announced it's developing a prequel to critically-acclaimed hit show Outlander titled Blood of My Blood with author Diana Gabaldon serving as a consulting producer

Ready for more? On Thursday, Starz announced it’s developing a prequel to critically-acclaimed hit show Outlander titled Blood of My Blood with author Diana Gabaldon serving as a consulting producer

British actor Andrew Whipp (Cursed, The White Princess, Emmerdale Farm) previously portrayed Brian in two episodes of Outlander’s first season in 2014-2015.

Against his father Lord Lovat’s wishes, Brian eloped with Ellen, an accomplished painter, in 1715 during the Great Gathering and they went on to have four children – William, Jenny, Jamie, and Robert.

Ellen tragically passed away, age 38, in 1729 while giving birth to their youngest son Robert, who was stillborn.

Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts will oversee production on the prequel alongside executive producers Maril Davis and Ronald D. Moore.

Origin tale: The romantic drama will be centered on Highland warrior Jamie Fraser's (L, Sam Heughan) late parents - Brian Robert David Fraser and Ellen Caitriona Sileas MacKenzie

Origin tale: The romantic drama will be centered on Highland warrior Jamie Fraser’s (L, Sam Heughan) late parents – Brian Robert David Fraser and Ellen Caitriona Sileas MacKenzie

Gravestone: Brian Fraser died, age 49, from apoplexy in 1740 three years before the magical time-traveling arrival of WWII military nurse Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe) who falls for Jamie

Gravestone: Brian Fraser died, age 49, from apoplexy in 1740 three years before the magical time-traveling arrival of WWII military nurse Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe) who falls for Jamie

Will he return? British actor Andrew Whipp (Cursed, The White Princess, Emmerdale Farm) previously portrayed Brian in two episodes of Outlander's first season in 2014-2015

Will he return? British actor Andrew Whipp (Cursed, The White Princess, Emmerdale Farm) previously portrayed Brian in two episodes of Outlander’s first season in 2014-2015

Backstory: Against his father Lord Lovat's wishes, Brian eloped with Ellen, an accomplished painter, in 1715 during the Great Gathering and they went on to have four children - William, Jenny, Jamie, and Robert

Backstory: Against his father Lord Lovat’s wishes, Brian eloped with Ellen, an accomplished painter, in 1715 during the Great Gathering and they went on to have four children – William, Jenny, Jamie, and Robert

‘Outlander is a riveting show that from season to season has captured the hearts of its fans around the world,’ Starz president of original programming Kathryn Busby said in a press release.

‘We are excited to peel back the layers of this vibrant world to bring our audience the origin of where it all began. Matthew, Maril and Ronald will continue to bring their excellent vision and creativity to this new iteration, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.’

On June 1, Starz released a minute-long behind-the-scenes video from the Scotland set of Outlander’s 16-episode seventh season.

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