‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Was Just Cast in the Role of a Lifetime

Outlander star Sam Heughan just landed a major role in a future film. The actor, who plays Jamie Fraser in the popular Starz drama, is set to play Paul Newman in a movie about Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl. Heughan confirmed the exciting news on social media in what could very well be the role of a lifetime.

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‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan | Photo by Rich Fury/WireImage

Sam Heughan talks about the iconic role

Taking to social media, Heughan shared an update on his new role, which is set to finish filming soon. The movie is a biopic of Patricia Neal, played by Keeley Hawes, and her husband, Roald Dahl, who is portrayed by Hugh Bonneville.

“So excited to share this!” Heughan wrote. “Paul Newman was immensely talented, generous and an American icon. So fortunate!”

According to Fox News, producers later opened up about adding Sam Heughan to the cast and revealed that they are super excited about him playing Newman. As an actress, Neal starred alongside Newman in the 1963 film, Hud.

Newman was nominated and Neal won an Oscar for their work in the movie. We do not know how much Heughan will appear in the film, but playing an icon like Newman is a very big deal.

The movie is set in the 1960s and will focus on Dahl and his wife as they raise their children in the countryside of England. Dahl, of course, is most famous for writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while one of Neal’s biggest roles was in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

What about those James Bond rumors?

Over the past year, Heughan has faced a lot of rumors that he will be the next James Bond. Daniel Craig’s last movie as the iconic spy is about to premiere in theaters, and fans are eager to find out who will fill his shoes.

Despite being a frontrunner for the role, Sam Heughan recently revealed that he is not going to land the part as the next James Bond. Heughan opened up about playing the 007 agent during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

While Outlander fans would love to see Heughan get the part (and who wouldn’t?), Heughan told Fallon that his chances of landing the role are very slim. He is, however, looking forward to producers casting a Scottish actor for the part.

“I can reveal right now that I…am not James Bond. I’m still waiting for the call,” Sam Heughan shared, adding that it is “definitely time for another Scottish bond.”

Heughan might not think he will get the role, but bookies in the U.K. definitely think he is the frontrunner. Heughan is slightly ahead of fellow Scotsman Richard Madden, who has starred in Game of Thrones and Bodyguard. Other actors in the running include Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston.

Sam Heughan preps for season 5 of ‘Outlander’

While we wait to see what happens on the Bond front, Heughan and the rest of the cast and crew of Outlander are busy preparing for the show’s highly anticipated fifth season.

Taking to social media, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, and Sophie Skelton just shared a short clip of the first episode of season 5 – and fans could not be more excited about it.

The scene is a flashback of Jamie’s childhood and deals with his mother’s death. A young Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) is shown comforting Jamie and vowing to always be there to support him.

In the upcoming season, Jamie’s loyalties will be tested like never before. At the end of last season, Jamie was ordered to track down Murtagh and his band of rebels. We do not know how Jamie is going to handle the situation, but it is safe to safe that Murtagh is in good hands.

What else did the ‘Outlander’ trailer reveal?

Aside from the Murtagh problem, the clip showed a happier scene between Jamie and his future son-in-law, Roger (Rankin). The two are shown preparing for Roger and Brianna’s (Skelton) wedding, with Jamie and Roger sharing a sweet moment together.

“They don’t call it a cutthroat razor for nothing,” Jamie tells Roger, who is having trouble shaving before the big day. “We can’t have you looking like you’ve been to war and back, not today anyway.”

The video then shows Roger vowing to learn a new skill, such as hunting or farming, which will help put food on the table for his family. The ends with Jamie giving Roger a ring, signifying his acceptance into the family.

Catch Sam Heughan in the new season of Outlander February 16 on Starz.