'Outlander': First Trailer for the Ron Moore Drama Debuts (Video)

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser - H 2013

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser - H 2013

A day after presenting its upcoming adaptation of Outlander at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Starz has released the first trailer for the epic series from showrunner Ron Moore.

The drama, based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling books, revolves around Fraser (Sam Heughan), who ignites a passionate affair with Caitriona Balfe's Claire, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. Claire is pulled between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Moore told reporters on Friday that the writers start with the specific events in the book and then determine the scenes from which they can pull. They examine what does and doesn't play and look at what needs to be changed and what could have happened but isn't included in the books. Ultimately though, Moore said the production takes "great pains to get back to where the book is because that's our job."

"My job is to interpret and develop it for another audience," the Battlestar Galactica alum said. "My role is not reinventing but adapting it. … There is an audience for it and a dedicated fan base who have read these for years. … I take that obligation seriously. I want to give them their story, but I have to translate it and tell a story."

The trailer was unspooled at a live event in Los Angeles, where nearly 2,000 fans of the international best-seller gathered on Saturday. Check out the trailer below. Outlander debuts in the summer. A specific premiere date has not yet been announced.

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