William Ransom is all grown up. Or he will be, once Outlander returns for season 7.

The character of William first appeared in the show’s third season. The boy is Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) biological son. Quite some time has passed in the series by now though; the next season of Outlander will see an adult William take on a role in the story. Now, Charles Vandervaart (Lost in Space) will play William Ransom.

“We are happy to welcome Charles to the Fraser family for season seven of Outlander, joining the cast with the other talented actors that bring our stories to life,” said Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner, writer, and executive producer for the series.

Raised by his stepfather, Lord John Grey (David Berry), William, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, arrives in Wilmington full of patriotic zeal and enthusiasm to join the British Army and help put an end to the escalating tensions in the American Colonies. On the surface, William is a courteous aristocrat but simmering under the surface is a Highlander’s fire. 

“The character of William Ransom is a wonderful role, and one fans have been eager to see,” added executive producer Maril Davis. “Finding someone with the talent and physicality to play Jamie’s son was a daunting task, but Charles’ charisma was evident during the audition process and we are excited to see what he will bring to William’s multi-layered journey.”

Season 6 of the romantic period drama recently wrapped on Starz. However, production on season 7 is already underway in Scotland.

“Scotland will again be our production home as the Frasers and MacKenzies try to make a home against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War. This season promises more adventure, time travel, and emotional peril than any season before,” said Roberts.

Confirmed cast members returning for season 7 include Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, and John Bell.

Source: Deadline

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