Ren’s leading lady Sophie Skelton joins the cast of Outlander

Ren’s leading lady Sophie Skelton joins the cast of Outlander

We are incredibly excited to pass on the news that our very own Ren, Sophie Skelton, has been cast in the major role of Brianna in the Starz time-travel drama Outlander. Starz made the announcement yesterday and Sophie’s casting ends months of heated speculation about who would play the pivotal role of Claire Randall’s daughter in season two, with big names like Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Amber Skye Noyes (Beauty and the Beast) and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) all floated. Sophie has already dyed her hair red to match that of her onscreen father, as you can see in the official Outlander publicity pic above. The character of Brianna, a.k.a. Bree, is described as “strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years (traits inherited from both her mother and father)”, not so different from Ren! We won’t give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read Diana Gabaldon’s books, but suffice to say that Bree is an integral part of the Outlander story. The Ren team is so proud of Sophie.  We’ve known for quite a while what a star she is and now many more people will become aware of the wonderful talent she is. You’ll be seeing Sophie very soon in Ren: The Girl with the Mark (pictured right in a publicity shot by Alex Beckett) – watch this space for a big announcement – but for season two of Outlander you’ll have to wait until the spring. In the meantime, here’s the teaser trailer…      ...
From Born of Hope to Ren

From Born of Hope to Ren

In our latest behind-the-scenes video, director Kate Madison discusses how the collaborative experience of making Born of Hope – her phenomenally popular Lord of the Rings fan film – shaped the production of Ren. Along the way we hear from some of the international volunteers who helped bring Ren to life. You can see more of Dunja Zwanecki’s article for Nautilus, Abenteuer & Phantastik here. We’ll leave you with some more photos of our international volunteers in action....

Amazing Team!

  We had a fantastic weekend with our largest bunch of volunteers ever! Over 20 people came along to help with costumes and props and set. Amazing job everyone!...

Location Scouting – Weald & Downland

One of the tasks I’ve been doing lately is location scouting. The main location required for Ren Season One is Ren’s village and most importantly the busy market square. It’s not an easy location to find on our budget but I have been looking at Cosmeston Medieval Village near Cardiff and lately checked out another museum in Sussex called Weald and Downland. Here’s a little video I took when I went to have a look around....

WANTED: Fight director and fight team members

If you’re a qualified and experienced UK based fight director or fighter interested in joining the team please check out the posts below (also on the recruitment page) and get in touch.  If you have any specific skills or experience that you could bring to the show, like horse riding, high falls, wire work etc please let us know.   FIGHT DIRECTOR We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to collaborate with us to arrange our fights and manage the fight team, arrange training and rehearsals for the fight and stunt elements of season one.  You’ll be expected to help develop each character’s fighting style and work with the actors to improve their skills.  There are at least three main fight/chase sequences in the show at the moment and we want to make them as exciting and dramatic as possible while keeping them safe for all involved.   FIGHT TEAM MEMBERS / STUNTIES We need qualified and experienced people with fight or stunt training who are willing to join our fight team.  We are mostly looking for males for season one but may require some females for fight/stunt doubles or villagers caught up in fights or chases.   Our fight team will prodominantly be playing Kah’Nath...

WANTED: Costume makers to join the team

We are looking for enthusiastic (ideally UK based) people to join our costume team.  If you’re interested, no matter what skill level, please get in touch with our costume designer Miriam Davies on miriam.s.davies@gmail.com   Please let her know if you have specific skills or experience that you can bring to the project like ageing and distressing techniques, pattern drafting and making, textile dyeing and printing, drawing, draping, toile making, hand sewing, leather working, embroidery, machining or bead...