Outlander’s Sam Heughan is set to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. The pic, which marks Diesel’s first superhero film, starts production in July with Dave Wilson directing and Neal H. Moritz producing. The film is casting up quickly.
Bloodshot is a central character in the Valiant Expanded Universe – a comic book universe composed of a diverse array of thousands of characters embodying a wide variety of genres, tones and demographic groups and over 81 million comics sold. Valiant’s superheroes are ordinary people in extraordinary situations rather than gods and demi-gods; they are complex characters that reflect contemporary society, politics, and diversity of the modern world.
Wilson is a director at Blur Studios, the VFX factory owned by Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool and is reviving the Terminator franchise. Pic re-teams Fast and the Furious‘ Moritz and Diesel. Sony is hoping to launch a franchise here through the Bloodshot comic universe.
The film fits nicely into Heughan’s hiatus before he returns for Outlander, which recently got a two-season pickup from Starz. Heughan next stars with Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me, which Lionsgate releases August 3.
He’s represented by UTA and United Agents in the UK.
I’ve added a bunch of new photos to the gallery from Sam’s recent appearances, missing scans, and photo session additions. Check out the list below! I’m so excited Sam is getting so much press at the moment.
2018: May 15 – This Morning TV Show
2018: May 15 – This Morning TV Show: Stills
2018: May 13 – BAFTA – recent additions
2018: May 13 – BAFTA: Inside & Backstage – recent additions
2018: May 5 – Harry Josh Pro Tools Anniversary Party
2018: May 5 – Stirling Scottish Marathon
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2017: TV Guide – recent additions
2018: Entertainment Weekly
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The official trailer for Lionsgate’s action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me has been released, as well as new posters featuring leading ladies Mila Kunis (Bad Moms) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) as unexpected international spies. Check out The Spy Who Dumped Me official trailer and posters in the player and gallery below!
Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
The title, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is an obvious take on The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth film in the James Bond series, starring Roger Moore, Curd Jürgens, and Barbara Bach. That film’s title, of course, comes from Ian Fleming’s novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth book in the series, though the plot was different. Peter Kang and Geoff Shaevitz and Imagine’s Erica Huggins and Julie Oh are on board to oversee the film.
Also starring in the comedy are Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), and Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
The Spy Who Dumped Me is slated for release on August 3, 2018.
Better get working on building Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie: Outlander isn’t going anywhere, seeing as how Starz has given the historical drama another two-season renewal.
The premium cabler will bring back Outlander for Seasons 5 and 6, TVLine has learned, echoing the supersized pickup the series got for Seasons 3 and 4.
The drama, based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, will continue to follow the one-book-per-season formula it has used since its start. Seasons 5 and 6 will unfold over 12 episodes each and will be based on The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes, respectively.
Starz also announced that a 12-episode Season 4, which is currently shooting in Scotland, will premiere in November 2018.
Sam Heughan, 38, plays Jamie Fraser in the hit TV series Outlander, adapted from the Diana Gabaldon books. Living in Glasgow while shooting season four, he was born in Galloway where John Barbour, who founded the family-owned brand in 1894, originated.
As Barbour’s Global Brand Ambassador for the past two years, Heughan promotes and models for the tartan-lined brand as well as working on his own Signature collection.
What is your connection with Barbour?
Since July 2016, I have been Barbour’s Global Brand Ambassador, a role I am very proud and privileged to hold. I was born and raised near where John Barbour lived in the south of Scotland and have always had a strong love of the brand.
How do you go about working with them?
I have a Barbour Sam Heughan Signature collection which reflects my personal style, drawing on my love of the outdoors, Scotland and the heritage of the brand. As their Global Brand Ambassador, I take part in photoshoots, modelling for two of their worldwide campaigns, Shirt Department and Tartan, and have undertaken store appearances, primarily in the US.
Do you have a background in design or a love of fashion?
This is a new adventure for me and I’ve loved learning and collaborating with the design team at Barbour, adding my personal details or preference. It’s a fun collaboration and can be very rewarding when you see the end product.
How would you describe your style?
Something versatile is what I look for, that’ll look good in the mountains of Scotland or on the streets of New York. Practical, fashionable and good quality.
Who are your influences style-wise? Style icons?
I like to draw on past designs in the Barbour archive; it’s fascinating to see how contemporary a heritage piece can be.
Did you wear Barbour designs before you worked with them?
Being Scottish, I grew up with the brand and have always been a big fan. Their clothing is perfect for the outdoors. I have always had a great passion for the company – the fact that it is still family owned and continues to make its traditional wax jackets in South Shields in the Northeast of England makes it pretty special.
What appeals to you about them?
The company has a long history and heritage (since 1894) and their archive goes right back to 1910. They have endured many periods of momentous history and it’s so intriguing to see how Barbour has adapted yet retained its strong identity. It has also been fascinating to see that while the design and styles of the clothing have changed over the years, the founding philosophy of providing quality products that are fit for purpose, durable and functional is still as relevant today as it was in the beginning.
Did you try to put an element of Outlander/Jamie Fraser into the designs at all?
My Barbour Sam Heughan collection reflects my Scottish roots and my love for the great British outdoors and we’ve included tartan and herringbone, giving iconic and familiar textures. It’s subtle but uniquely Scottish.
Talk us through your recent Oscars look, the suit, Montblanc watch (and did you get to keep it?)
Ha, ha I was rather fortunate to be gifted the watch, it’s beautiful! The suit and shoes were Saint Laurent, very sharp.
What would you favour for a more casual look?
Need you ask?!
What’s the one item of clothing you would never throw away?
I have trouble throwing away boots. The more battered they look, the more character they get.
What can you tell us about the costumes on Outlander?
They’re an important and useful tool to tell the story of the character and period, it can really change how one walks, stands etc and give clues to the character’s past and status. It’s fun to build the story in our fittings.
What challenges have you faced in the link with Barbour?
Apart from the glorious Scottish weather, my biggest challenge has been time. Juggling my acting commitments, my charity work and working with Barbour has sometimes been challenging but we always manage to make it work.
What was the biggest surprise along the way?
The biggest surprise was when I met Dame Margaret Barbour and her daughter Helen and in conversation we discovered that I was born in the same rural area in the south of Scotland as founder John Barbour. It felt like an omen.
What is the fun part of it?
The fun part has been working with the Barbour team – they’re all so passionate and knowledgeable about the brand and they have made me feel very much part of the company.
What have you learned?
I’ve learned a lot more about the history and heritage of Barbour and how the design team use inspiration from the archives to create garments relevant for today. It was fascinating to go through the archives and to incorporate some of this history and heritage into my collection.
What is your favourite item from the Barbour collection?
I love all of the collection. If I had to pick out one piece from the current Spring Summer 18 collection, it would be the Barbour Lochy waterproof, breathable jacket. I love its casual style which goes so well with jeans. It’s very lightweight – perfect for the summer months in Scotland where the weather, as we know, can be unpredictable!
What has been your biggest fashion faux-pas?
Oh, I was born in the 1980s… too many to mention.
Are you a true Scotsman or is it too cold for going commando when filming in a kilt in Scotland?
Sigh. Do you wear underwear?
Why is tartan so popular?
It tells a story of heritage. It’s interesting to see the original colours before it was made fashionable by Queen Victoria. It was less uniform and more reflective of local materials and resources.
Do you wear tartan when you’re not at work?
Weddings, parties, sports events and of course any time I wear my Barbour.
Does the tartan and the kilts make the show more popular?
Absolutely. I think the show celebrates Scottish culture and tradition. I’m a proud Scotsman and honoured to bring the best of this to the world.
As the leading man of an epic love story, in this case Jamie Fraser in Starz’s “Outlander,” Sam Heughan has more than shown viewers his romantic side. But to live a life apart from his destined love required the actor to channel grief rather than romance.
The first half of the third season of the time-traveling drama explored the two decades that Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) lived apart after he sent her to the future (the 1940s) to raise their baby. For Jamie, who was expecting to die in the battle of Culloden but didn’t, the ensuing years of coping with love lost was a battle of emotions.
Heughan, on a short break from production overseas on the fourth season, stopped by The Times studio recently to discuss the approach he took in bringing weight to the pain.
“It’s the different stages of grief, really,” Heughan said. “He goes through anger, sadness … eventually acceptance. Each episode was so strong, and he’s such a different character … but he’s still living in the memory of Claire, living in the shadows.”
Though Claire is raising their daughter in the future with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies), viewers still got a glimpse of Jamie as a father — albeit a restricted glimpse. He comes to father an illegitimate son, Willie, who he helps to raise temporarily. And he also becomes the stepfather to two daughters.
“He’s always wanted to be a father figure,” Heughan said. “It’s something he yearns for.”
During this Droughtlander, the Outlander fans have become an army of very thirsty detectives!
Some keen-eyed viewers have spotted a tiny “J” carved onto Claire’s palm and a little “C” etched onto Jamie’s hand in the deleted scenes from Outlander’s third season, but there was never an explanation for the appearance of these mysterious initials on the hit Starz drama.
In our quest to cut to the truth, ET caught up with Outlander executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis at a special Television Academy panel in Los Angeles on Sunday, and we asked the creative duo to explain the behind-the-scenes secrets of Jamie and Claire’s carvings.
“Yes, our sharp-eyed viewers are at it again!” Moore said proudly to ET’s cameras on the red carpet. “Essentially, there’s a scene in [Diana Gabaldon’s] book — and actually in a different book — where Claire and Jamie carve their initials into each other’s hands. I think it was in the second book, [Dragonfly in Amber,] if I’m not mistaken.”
“Yeah,” Davis agreed. “Right before she goes back through the stones.”
Moore continued, “We did not do that [scene] in season two, but it was one of those little details that we kept thinking, ‘At some point we’re going to do this.’ So we shot a version of that scene in season three, but we weren’t really that satisfied with it and it didn’t really work, so we cut the scene — but we wanted to still sort of preserve the idea of doing that at some later date.”
“So we didn’t include that scene in the deleted scenes for the DVD, however, sharp-eyed fans found the initials in a separate deleted scene that we had not gone in and digitally erased so it’s like, ‘Curses! They found us!'” Moore added with a laugh.
Despite the fact that fans have foiled the executive producers’ plan to keep the initials scene a secret, Davis revealed that it’s “actually kind of fun” that the Outlander audience is so invested in each and every onscreen detail.
“I hope [the fans] know it’s something that we really want to do,” Davis explained. “And while you hope that you don’t have those little things happen, on the other hand, it’s kind of a fun, little tidbit for people to see and to recognize that people are actually watching.”
As for the actors who lived through the cut scene, (pun totally intended!) stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe expressed their reactions to learning that the highly anticipated scene had been edited out of season three.
“You know that happens a lot. We shoot a lot of stuff that doesn’t make it into the final edit,” Balfe dished to ET. “It’s sort of in a really organic place in the book and it sort of fits where it was supposed to be. I think it’s difficult sometimes when you’re trying to shoehorn something into another moment, but you know, it’s also a fan favorite. So we do try to do these things for the fans and so you always have to try and find something that works and it has to work for the story.”
Heughan echoed his co-star’s sentiments and said, “I think I was quite excited for the fans to see that because they wanted it from before, but you know, it may make an appearance somewhere else. But you know, that happens all the time. There’s so much that we shoot that doesn’t make it into the show and we can’t include everything.”
“And to be honest, “Heughan continued, “I don’t think the scene quite worked in the story and where it was, so yeah, they made a great decision.”
Dinna fash, Outlander fans! It sounds like this special moment between Jamie and Claire could be reworked into another season.
“I didn’t know that they were going to put it somewhere else, but I guess they will,” Balfe exclaimed with a smile. “So we’ll see it then, we’ll do that scene again!”
Heughan concluded, “Who knows, maybe you’ll see it somewhere else. Maybe Jamie gets a “C” carved on his toes next season.”
For more behind-the-scenes bonus material like this one, pick up your copy of Outlander: Season Three, which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital as well as on a Limited Collector’s Edition from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 10.
We have a very special Valentine’s Day surprise for you, Sassenachs…
Everyone knows that Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have an undeniably electric on-screen connection, and since fans are feeling particularly thirsty during this Droughtlander, ET is gifting you with the exclusive first look at the actors’ original chemistry test!
Before you scream, “Je suis prest!” and press play on the video above, we must warn you that the never-before-seen footage you’re about to watch is mind-blowingly adorable. Side-effects may include excessive giggling, extreme swooning and the firm realization that no on-screen couple will ever compare to this one.
At this point in Outlander’s script-to-screen timeline, Heughan had already been cast to play Jamie Fraser and the production team was looking for the perfect actress to fill Claire Randall’s one-of-a-kind shoes.
“We were looking for chemistry between the two characters,” Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore said while prefacing the flashback moment. “We really felt that Cat was probably going to be the one, but this was the final moment. This was literally when she sealed the deal and got the show.”
“And as you see, they’ve already got the shorthand of their characters and there is definitely on-camera chemistry between the two. After the scene was over, we just kind of kept the tape running a little bit.” Moore continued, “We just wanted to see them a little bit more relaxed and sort of interacting. You can see that they’re sort of awkwardly aware that the camera is still running, but nonetheless, there is enough spontaneity and genuine affection and good humor between the two of them that it spoke volumes about their potential relationship.”
For more behind-the-scenes bonus material like this one, pick up your copy of Outlander: Season Threewhich will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital as well as on a Limited Collector’s Edition from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 10th.
Before moving to London at the age of 22, Sam Heughan studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Scottish actor has returned to his roots to portray Jamie Fraser on the hit Starz series, “Outlander,” which is filmed in Scotland. Based out of Glasgow, the 37-year-old philanthropist also is the founder of My Peak Challenge (https://www.mpc2017.com), a charitable foundation that advocates for a healthy lifestyle. Fans may follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/samheughan) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SamHeughan).
Q. If you’ve ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?
A. I went to Thailand a couple of years ago, over Christmas and New Year. I trained Muay Thai twice a day for four hours. The rest of the time I relaxed on the beach or island hopped. Their New Year’s fireworks are amazing — and terrifying!
Q. Have you traveled to a place that stood out so much that you felt compelled to incorporate it into your work?
A. I draw on my Scottish roots and the scenery and culture every day on “Outlander.” I hope my next project will use the location and imagination just as much.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Isle of Skye in Scotland. (It’s) beautiful and peaceful. I would say take a ferry. See the island from the sea — the wildlife, eagles, dolphins and whales and the jagged peaks of the mountains in the distance.
Q. What’s the best meal you had during your travels?
A. I went to the oldest ramen bar in Kyoto, Japan. (There were) huge bowls of delicious bone broth, noodles, pickles and cold beer. I finished a bowl and ordered another immediately.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. Europe — Amsterdam and Paris.
Q. What would you recommend that people do in Amsterdam?
A. Wander the streets of Amsterdam, stay in a canal houseboat, cycle a bicycle, eat great food, tasty beer, excellent clothes shops, museums and enjoy the people. The Dutch are fun and crazy!
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I once spent a week sleeping outdoors with gauchos — cowboys in the Andes. It was remote and magnificent.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. First time abroad was as a teenager to Eastern Europe. (It was) a rather scary train ride to St. Petersburg (Russia). At that time, it felt very different to the United Kingdom — like going back in time. Crossing the border felt like being in a James Bond movie.
Q. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your travels?
A. Don’t worry. You’re never alone.
Q. What is your best vacation memory?
A. I climbed the second-highest peak — the Petit Piton — in Saint Lucia. I didn’t stop and went as fast as possible in high humidity. It was an amazing view and remarkable climb. That afternoon on the beach, I celebrated with too many rum cocktails. The dehydration and sun made me never want to drink rum again, or climb a peak — at least for a day or so.
Q. Where is the most romantic destination?
A. If it’s the right company, anywhere.
Q. What are your favorite kinds of hotels?
A. Anywhere homey and low key. I had an amazing hotel in Zermatt (Switzerland) with a wood fire and big blankets looking out at the Matterhorn. Perfect ski location.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. In no order, Cape Town, New York, Santa Monica, Montreal and Amsterdam, (which) is so great!)
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. Canada feels familiar, like Scotland, but much bigger.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A. Boringly, I always take my running shoes, a foam roller for muscle release and healthy snacks. And water, because there’s never enough water on planes.
Q. What would be your dream trip?
A. Everest, but I feel it’s become a little touristy and not respectful.
Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you’re on the road?
A. I spend a lot of time on planes. They are where I catch up on sleep and movies I’ve missed.
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. I usually look online or ask friends for recommendations. But the best way to know a city is to strap on your running shoes, go out and get lost. You’ll eventually learn the city, one way or another!