The hit time-travel series Outlander has put out a casting call in northern Ontario to find Indigenous actors for its 4th season. (Photo courtesy of Starz)

Time travel TV series ‘Outlander’ is looking for Indigenous Canadian actors


The creators of the critically acclaimed TV series Outlander are looking for dozens of Indigenous Canadians interested in travelling to Scotland to take part in the filming of the fourth season of the time travel drama.

The British-American series has put out a casting call in northern Ontario, hoping to recruit actors and actresses to help them re-create an 18th century Indigenous community in North Carolina.

According to Lisa Parsyn Casting, the series producers are looking for 70 young Indigenous actors, 10 older Indigenous actors, 25 Indigenous women and 10 to 15 Indigenous children ages 7 and up.

No experience is required, but all interested applicants must have a valid Canadian passport along with a Status Card, according to the casting call.

Casting will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Clarion Hotel in Greater Sudbury (117 Elm St.).

Then on Sunday, March 4, show producers will hold another casting call at the Indigenous Friendship Centre on Cassells Street in North Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Selected actors and actresses will be flown to Scotland in May and June, where they will receive free lodging and a weekly pay, according to the release.

(Photo courtesy of Starz)

The show, which has received multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards nominations, follows the story of Claire Randall, a British combat nurse who in 1946, while on a honeymoon with her husband, Frank, in Scotland, is mysteriously transported back into 1743.

There she meets her husband’s sadistic 18th century ancestor and doppelganger, Capt. Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, and is forced to join a band of Scottish Highlanders to escape his unwanted attention.

With her life hanging in the balance, Claire is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous Highlander and an outlaw. But in Jamie she also finds the love of her life at same time as she schemes to return to her own time and to her 20th century husband, Frank.

(Photo courtesy of Starz)

In the second season Claire and Jamie plot to sabotage a doomed Jacobite rebellion that is certain to kill everyone they hold dear. But their plan fails and Jamie convinces pregnant Claire to travel back to her time, while he joins the disastrous Battle of Culloden and is believed by Claire to have been killed there.

In the third season, Claire and Jamie are reunited, when she travels back to the 18th century after finding out that Jamie did indeed survive the Battle of Culloden.

In the fourth season, Claire and Jamie journey into North Carolina.

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3 comments on “Time travel TV series ‘Outlander’ is looking for Indigenous Canadian actors
  1. Marilyn Hopkins says:

    Hello, as a team player I would like the opportunity to perpair the aboriginal,s what there in for
    And make them very comfortable having worked on a lot of documentary,s myself and what,s
    Involved. I am a 16 centery historical interputer I work at Saint Marie among the Hurons in full
    Costum 5 days a week ,representing the Hurons with dignity . This goes out to outlander.

    Marilyn Hopkins

  2. Roberta Crow says:

    Hi, we’re interested. Me and friends. We’re Ojibwa and my friends are fluent in Ojibwa. Also known as Chippewa. How do we apply to attend your show? Thank you.

  3. Jane Lagassie says:

    Hello, My sister sent me the link for casting in your series. I’m not actor material but can offer insight on aboriginal knowledge.

    I am a researcher for the Algonquin of Ontario. I have the knowledge of Traditional edible and medicinal medicines. I also worked on archeological sites as avocational.

    I’ve been invited by Ottawa to assess and give suggestions of traditional edible and medicinal plants for several projects though out the city including Parliament. My vision is to educate the youth to preserve our traditional beliefs.

    Some of my work include guided tours for the NBMCA, Ecology Centre in Mattawa, community sessions among private tours and assessment for environmental purposes. Below is a link of one of my tours.

    As a widow, my husband taught me how to be self sufficient and I can live off grid for most of the warm season. I fed our family last fall after harvesting my Bull moose with one shot and no suffering. I know how to fish, Clean and tan hides for drums, cut my fire wood for heating among other wilderness adventures.

    If you think I could be of value of asset to a project of yours please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you for reading my note. Jane Lagassie