There’s a good chance that Outlander’s Laura Donnelly will not be returning to the Starz hit show.
Donnelly has been very busy since she took a role in the Broadway hit by Jez Butterworth, The Ferryman. Not to mention her two children, one of which made a brief appearance in season 3 of Outlander.
According the W Magazine Donnelly will not be seen in the upcoming airing of Outlander season 4 and may be recast for any future scenes.
Donnelly isn’t sure what comes after The Ferryman, which runs on Broadway through February 17, but it’s probably not Outlander: While her character Jenny made no hard exit from the show’s third season, Donnelly was unable to film the fourth season—she had The Ferryman, gave birth to her second child, then went back to The Ferryman—and her character doesn’t play a part in the next two books on which the series is based. By the time she’s back, in three novels’ time, “she’s old,” Donnelly said, “so I think that’s probably me out.”
Though Jenny was an integral part of the series—a producer on the series once described Donnelly and Balfe’s characters as “the Thelma and Louise of their time”—Donnelly said she never had to negotiate the avid Outlander fandom to quite the extent of her costars. “I try to stay out of that kind of stuff, because it doesn’t help with the job,” Donnelly said.
If Starz recasts the role of Jenny Murray fans will surely miss feisty Laura Donnelly portrayal.
Season 4 of Outlander returns to the Starz network on Sunday, November 4th.