I search YouTube for new Outlander casting videos almost on a daily basis. It brings me such joy; it satiates my need to visualize the Outlander novels. Although this video made its premiere on YouTube three weeks ago, I would still like to introduce it with my commentary.
In September, I wrote a post entitled The Outlander Movie: Brianna and Roger in which I casted Alicia Witt as Brianna and Jim Caviezel as Roger. My mind is still set on Alicia Witt as Brianna and I’m overjoyed to see that the creator of this video shares my opinion.
We seem to differ when it comes to Roger. Jim Caviezel is still my first choice for the role; Jim is how I’ve pictured Roger throughout the entire series and I would be hard-pressed to change my imagination now. Christian Bale’s fluidity with accents makes him a close runner-up.
In the “Brianna and Roger” video, Jared Leto is Roger Wakefield, something that I’m having a difficult time swallowing. Yes, Leto has the hallmark dark hair, olive skin, and green eyes of Roger, but he’s a little too mainstream for my taste. Roger Wakefield is a straight arrow with a darker quality to his character, a quiet introspection detectable from his facial expressions and body language. After reading the series, I came away with the impression that Roger Wakefield is silently suffering from the weight of his conscience. I even see Roger Wakefield as “Reverend Arthur Dimmsedale lite.” Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t reconcile Jared Leto with those character traits; I have no problem seeing Jim Caviezel or Christian Bale silently suffering from within.
If you’ve never read the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon, this video may seem like a collection of celebrity photos set to the whiny vocals of Maroon 5—which it is. To an Outlander fan, this video will mean so much more. Your enjoyment depends entirely on your Outlander state of mind.