If you recall from my Casting Jamie Fraser post, I’m still on the fence as to who should play the coveted role of Jamie Fraser if Outlander were a movie. Months later, I’m still straddling the fence here. It’s a tough call. Gerard Butler, handsome as he is, doesn’t look like the Jamie Fraser in my mind. Sean Bean comes closer to my mental picture, but he’s about two decades pass 23. So during my hiatus from blogging, David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300) popped into mind. Wenham definitely has “Jamie Fraser” potential. Of course, he’s not exactly 23 either, but this younger photo of the Aussie actor captures something of that youthful, slightly gawky Jamie Fraser of the first novel.
He’s got the height, the coloring, the face. I’m trying to imagine how “Sassenach” would sound coming from his mouth. Not just any Joe can call a woman Sassenach and get away with it. Only a man with Jamie Fraser potential can use that term of endearment freely and escape getting slapped for being fresh.
Do you see the potential?