“The Borgias” star Lotte Verbeek is heading to “Outlander.”
The actress, who played Giulia Farnese, the Pope’s mistress in the Showtime drama, will now play Geillis Duncan in the new series from Starz and Sony Pictures TV.
“Commonly referred to as a witch, due to her advanced knowledge of herbs and plants, Geillis is a beautiful, dark presence in the village outside Castle Leoch. Many fear her, but come to her secretly when they need assistance with medical matters that most doctors of the time would shun,” Starz described the character in a release.
Not unlike Giulia, her “Borgias” character, Geillis in “Outlander” has mastered the art of manipulation and uses it to get others, including her husband, to do her will.
“Outlander,” based on Diana Gabaldon’s best seller, and from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”), will premiere next year on Starz.
-- Jolie Lash