Casting Call for Brianna


TVLine has announced Starz’ casting call, at last, for the role of Brianna in Outlander! Please be advised that the following article contains spoilers!!

Those who have read the novels will know that Brianna is Jamie and Claire’s daughter, who is raised by Claire and Frank after Jamie sends her back through the stones in order to keep her and Brianna safe. We are introduced to her at the beginning of the second novel, Dragonfly in Amber, seeing the events between their exodus from Scotland and subsequent return as a flashback.

The official character description for Brianna reads: “strong-minded, intelligent beyond her years with an effortless charm and sparkling sense of humor (traits inherited from both her mother and father). She also has a scholastic mindset, with a healthy dose of American strength, having been born and bred in Boston under the watchful eye of professor and historian Frank Randall.” She is also “earthy and grounded and not girly” but “with the inexperience and vulnerability”. The actress needs to be at least 5’8″, but red hair is not required. All this fits with what we know of Brianna, so no issues there. There is something interesting that is mentioned in the call, though.

It reads: “Brianna has secretly followed her mother back in time to find the father she never met and the family she never knew”. The question is, does this point to a potential deviation from the books? According to TVLine, this event does not take place until the fourth novel, Drums of Autumn. So are they simply letting the actress know that she’ll be expected to act in two different time eras, as well? Or is there another reason they may be bringing this up so soon (since we are currently only on the 2nd season’s filming)?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Update (by Sarah): Sony Pictures Television has confirmed what TV Line reported earlier.

Sony Pictures Television, which produces Outlander, confirmed that the casting process is underway. “Fans of the books will know that [Brianna] first appears in the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, which corresponds to the season we are currently filming, but continues on to have several major storylines as noted in the casting search,” Sony said in a statement.

Also, refer to our Cast This on Brianna to see who fans thought should play Brianna.

  • JoAnn

    Oh boy! So exciting! I am not a hey-wait-that’s-not-how-it-is-in-the-book person. As long as Herself is happy, so am I. Cannot wait!!!

  • Marge Zmuda

    You know, Bryce Dallas Howard would be AWESOME as Brianna, although she is 5’7″..what’s an inch when she is perfect in every other way. check her out in ” The Village” …she played the strong character, Ivy effortlessly!!!

    • Rene

      um… which part of Bryce is 20 years old? She is a wonderful actress but not for this part.

  • Cee Valley

    I truly hope season 2 won’t include Brianna time traveling. SO MUCH happens in DIA I don’t know how it’s all going to fit into 13 episodes. Don’t really need to bring another story arc into the season.

    • MollzJJ

      I don’t think they will deviate from the book so drastically with Brianna going back in season two. My guess is they gave that as an informational description about the role of Brianna so that actors will know a little bit about the role when they audition. I would think that tidbit tell the actress that Brianna is brave, adventurous and curious.

      • Cee Valley

        Yes, I hope this is more a description of Brianna’s story arc rather than a hint at what will happen in series two.

  • CyberGram

    Planning ahead?

  • Missy N

    I think that Haley Bennett could be a good match!

  • stopbeingdelulu

    Deborah Ann Woll.
    you can thank me later

    • Maria Kakolyris

      Love her for this role!

  • Kay Kramer

    Elyse Levesque

  • Fran

    My first thought when I saw Eleanor Tomlinson – Briana. No, I think she will go through the stones when she does in book 4 – Book 2 she isn’t born and I don’t think Ron would change the storyline that much

    • Tania Oberg

      Spoiler Alert – What do you mean, she’s not born yet in Book 2? ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ begins in 1968 with Claire and Brianna arriving on Roger Wakefield’s doorstep in Inverness, whilst he’s trying to sort through Rev Wakefield’s belongings at the Manse. Book 2 is when Claire reveals to Brianna who her father really is, her search for and initial encounter with ‘Geillis Duncan’ amongst many other things. Not a big deal but it’s perplexing to me how many people have forgotten this… I think that many people have forgotten that there’s more to ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ than Jamie and Claire in France… no matter how entrancing that is.

      • Fran

        Sorry Tania, I know these books like the back of my hand, of course she’s in book 2, what I meant was she wasn’t in the Jamie’s Scotland/France in Book 2. I guess I should double check before I hit enter.

        • Tania Oberg

          Hi Fran, No need to apologise. I’m not a crazy “how dare you” kind of Outlander Fan. In all seriousness, I was actually thinking that perhaps that is what you meant but I have read in so many different places that Brianna (and Roger) shouldn’t be in Series 2 that I felt that I needed to comment. I have also read that Brianna is going through the stones in the next series so it’ll be interesting to see how they can jump that far ahead, especially if they end up signing for books 3 and 4 (hopefully, all of them). I know that things need to be adapted for television and I thought that Series 1 was done extremely well but, I hope Brianna doesn’t go through yet… It’ll mean they’ve condensed so much even if there are 19 episodes. I must admit that the first time that I read the books, I was so confused due to ‘DiA’ beginning in 1968 that I was sure that I had missed a book somewhere – and promptly went to the library to find said book – lol. I was so relieved to find that I hadn’t and set about ‘falling in love’ with Claire and Jamie all over again. Have you read any of the excerpts that Diana has released from the new book? I am so hoping that she is able to complete it this year and it’s ready for release early next year but I shan’t hold my breath. In the interim, I tell myself ‘Dinna Fash, Sassenach.’ 😉

          • Fran

            When I opened Dragonfly in Amber the first time I was totally confused. Stopped reading, double checked to see if I’d missed a book and then started reading again. What has thrown me off is that the TV series is starting in France, so I keep wondering where are Brianna and Roger? Book two has so many different stories in it that it’s going to be interesting to see how Ron plays it all out. I think that in one way he’s doing the flashbacks in real time so that’s changes the story quite a bit but Diana has said it’s true to the story so I think we have to sit back, relax and watch the series unfold. It’s great chatting with another Outlander fan. I read Outlander just after it was published, there was a group of us at work who couldn’t wait to talk about it at coffee 🙂

          • Tania Oberg

            I’m glad to read that I’m not the only one who was confused – lol. I was thinking the same thing re: chatting with a fellow fan. I have told most everyone I know about the Outlander Series but it’s only been since the TV show that I have been able to get people truly interested. Like me, when one of my friends first mentioned the books, once they heard, “time-traveller” and “historical fiction” they switched off but to have Caitriona and Sam bring Claire and Jamie to life, has been intoxicating. I’ve always loved historical fiction but adding time-travel to the mix just sounded too “Dr Who” for me. I can’t believe it took me so long to “re-discover” it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve since read all the books three times (that includes all the associated books) and I think I’m up to my fourth viewing of the series – I’m now watching with my niece. Buying the e-series for my Kindle has made carrying it around so much easier.
            I’m just glad that there is a 2nd Series and I too am hanging for its release. If Diana has said that it’s true to the story then I’m with you; let’s just sit back, chew our nails during this time of “Droughtlander” and eagerly anticipate the new series. 🙂

  • Gina

    You know how, after you have a child, it’s sometimes hard to remember a time before they arrived? Like you can’t imagine the world without them in it any more? Well, goodness haven’t we been waiting for Brianna & Roger to get here for years now? Thank goodness…it’s about time 😉

  • Laoghaire

    Sharon Belle! She’s perfect… at 6’2″ almost as tall as Sam!

    • tammy maurano

      I couldn’t agree more! Sharon Belle is perfect! Please Ron, oh please, all the others pale in comparison. Sharon is the Fresh face we need for Bree. Her height is a true blessing. Surely Bree comes into Jamie’s world as a clumsy outsider but when she finds her true past and finally knows who she came from, this larger than life hero, then it all makes sense she no longer has to feel like an Outlander

      • von

        Like this lady. Definitely has potential if she can act.

      • Fran

        She has the right look for sure.

  • Doclo

    Karen Gillan!

  • Shanna Roberts
  • Melanie Nute

    Does anyone know who is doing the casting? It’s the same news article on all the websites, with no details of the casting company, or how they are casting it? are they open audtions?

  • Annika Carina Åhlander

    Karen Gillan

  • WhatWouldRigginsDo

    The actress doesn’t necessarily have to be a natural red head, I think there are many young actresses out there who would be a good fit. I think Shailene Woodley could be an interesting choice but she may be too much of “a name” for this.

  • Pas

    Karen Gillan would be perfect for this role!!! In fact I’m surprised she has not already been chosen considering her connection to Gary Lewis & Stanley Weber.

  • WhatWouldRigginsDo

    Sophie Turner could also be great. She’s been in GOT & X-Men.
    And she’s 5’9″!!!

    • Lyanna

      Hear, hear! Sophie, please and thank you.

  • Sandy Phalanges

    Saoirse Ronan. Please!

    • Cee Valley

      She’s lovely. Shame she’s only 5’6″

  • Carol_in_LongValley

    And what about the casting for Roger and Fiona?