Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan Are Officially Producing on #Outlander Season 5 |

Big news out of Fraser’s Ridge: As Starz announces today (April 16) that production on Season 5 of Outlander has commenced, can exclusively confirm stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are officially producers on the series.

Heughan himself broke the news on Instagram Stories on April 4, posting an image of a storyboard from the premiere episode under a placard with his name titled “producer/cast”:

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Both Balfe and Heughan expressed a desire to get more involved with the show’s production in separate interviews with during Season 4. In December, Balfe told BAZAAR, “We would both relish more responsibility. I definitely would love to direct down the line, and I think he would too. I would love to be on set when Sam Heughan’s bossing me around.” She added, “It’s important to have a say. We’ve built these characters from day one, and I think we feel—especially when so many of our core writers are not on the show anymore and we’ve got new writers coming in—it’s [important] to retain that through-line throughout all the seasons.”

In January, Heughan echoed Balfe, telling BAZAAR: “We’re hoping next season to have a lot more influence in the characters and the storyline, and be a part of that creatively … We’ve always wanted to be a part of it and to help influence the journey and the story and also to be the guardians of our characters and protect that.”

Starz also confirmed today that Season 5 of Outlander will be based on the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander seriesThe Fiery Cross, and will consist of 12 episodes. Filming is currently underway in Scotland.