It seems that filming at the location of Lallybroch (Midhope Castle) for Season 5 has recently been cancelled, apparently due to the presence of facial hair!
FanSided just released an article about this today…
Edinburgh Tour Guides shared the announcement on Facebook, stating that it’s due to one actor having a beard that couldn’t be removed. This actor is on loan from another production, which has likely already filmed scenes with the beard and shaving and using a prosthetic would be too obvious now.
The post about canceling filming at Midhope Castle hasn’t shared who the actor is, but there are many who believe it is Steven Cree. It sounds like the Lallybroch scenes were invention to bring some of the letters to life. We know in “The Fiery Cross” that there are letters sent from Lallybroch and sometimes the showrunners like to show the characters writing those letters or living out the life instead of just telling the story.
Recent photos of Steven Cree from Starfury, Highlanders 4, do indeed show him with a beard…
Photo: Starfury Highlanders 4, Twitter
Questions abound about what these scenes could be, as SPOILER: Jamie and Claire do not go to Lallybroch in Fiery Cross. Since Diana recently told us there has been no “wild-ass whole-scale invention,” I think the the possibility stated above could be likely, and knowing the production, who does listen to the fandom in my opinion, they may be responding to the missing scenes at Lallybroch from Season 4. Many of us felt Steven Cree could’ve easily carried the scenes when Brianna visits Lallybroch and discovers her Fraser history and family, even though Laura Donnelly was unavailable to film.
My guess is that these scenes will be postponed, or not take place at all. When we last saw Ian Murray, he looked like this…
Photo: Sophie and Steven on location for Season 4 filming, Pinterest
with a head of white hair, and no beard. One can see that a full brown beard (that he must maintain for his other filming project), might be rather incongruent. I personally hope they postpone the scenes and still do them, as I think Steven does a wonderful job as Ian, and it’s always nice to go back to Lallybroch.
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