Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced the return of its hit original series Outlander on Saturday, April 9th at 9PMET/PT. The eagerly awaited second installment will be 13 episodes and is based upon the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, entitled Dragonfly in Amber. The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Starz also released a new trailer and first look at their teaser art featuring Outlander couple Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) on the steps of Versailles. Instead of swords and guns, they're armed with political savvy and the finest 1700s Parisian fashion as they embark on their new mission - infiltrating the French aristocracy and rewriting history. The new image gives viewers a taste of what's to come in this exciting and dangerous next chapter - old world lavishness mixed with a sense of new world urgency. The teaser art was shot on location in Scotland by photographer Jason Bell.

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Book Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

Diana Gabaldon's eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. Ronald D. Moore, Jim Kohlberg, Andy Harries, Maril Davis, Ira Steven Behr, Toni Graphia and Anne Kenney serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe return as Claire and Jamie, who will be joined by a number of new cast members. Robert Cavanah has come aboard as Jared, alongside Andrew Gower as Prince Charles Edward Stuart), Romann Berrux as Fergus, Rosie Day as Mary Hawkins, Frances de la Tour as Mother Hildegard and Dominique Pinon as Master Raymond. Take a look at the new trailer and poster as we begin the countdown towards Outlander's new season on Starz.

Outlander Season 2 Artwork