Earlier this year with Outlander season 4, the show had sent casting directors to various parts of Canada in hopes of finding some of the best First Nations men and women in over to come overseas and play extras. They needed approximately 100 of them, and judging from the information we now have it seems that producers absolutely did find what they were seeking.
There is a photo of some of these performers that you can see over at Radio Times and it gives you a sense of some of the authenticity that the series is going for. They did not want to go and cast non-Native performers to play Native Americans. These First Nations men and women will play members of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nation, and will presumably interact with some of the show’s main characters during their scenes. It was always projected that this is when some of these men and women would be on set, and it comes as filming for the fourth season is officially starting to wind down.
In a statement, via the aforementioned website, executive producer Matthew B. Roberts explains some of the attention to detail that goes into crafting these scenes:
“Every department, from Production design to costume and hair and make-up does a huge amount of research to ensure we create a world that feels authentic to the time and place … To build our Native American world, they have learned traditional techniques, from canoe building to hand weaving and, to populate that world, we have welcomed a great team from Canada to play both the speaking and supporting roles of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations in Outlander season four.”
We imagine that the cast and crew is going to be going into overdrive to ensure that all of these scenes turn out perfectly. We are nearing the end of production and with that, it has to be an especially exhausting time of year. Add to this the simple fact that we are also seeing presumably some of the buggiest weather we’ve seen in Scotland for a while — as we reported over here, the current climate is leading to a massive spike in insects flying about.
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