Outlander star Sam Heughan has enlisted a legendary figure to help him with one of his special side projects. The Scots hunk proudly proclaimed that he had roped in Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to write a foreword for his next book.
The Jamie Fraser actor and Outlander co-star Graham McTavish have written a second book which is due out later this year exploring Scottish influences in New Zealand. It also forms part of the next season of their travel docuseries Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham.
Their latest epic adventure in New Zealand will be documented in their novel Clanlands in New Zealand: Kilts, Kiwis and an Adventure Down Under. It is a follow-up to their 2020 best-seller Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare and a Scottish Adventure like no other.
The duo explore the country where Mr McTavish now lives, with Mr Heughan fulfilling his dream of finally visiting the country sometimes known as “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” The book is currently on pre-sale and set for release on November 7 where it will include a foreword by legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson who famously helmed the Lord of the Rings movie franchise.
This included the prequel series, the Hobbit, which starred Mr McTavish as Dwalin. Mr Heughan teased this announcement on social media as he wrote: “So excited to announce “Clanlands in New Zealand” includes a foreword by Sir Peter Jackson (who appears to have been paid off by McTavish to write nice things about him..) A fitting and exciting edition to the next Clanlands adventures!”
Readers can look forward to an exploration of the Oceanic country in the book, with stunning landscapes, rich history, world-class food and drink and adrenaline-fuelled activities all happening through the eyes of the Outlander stars. If it is similar to their previous efforts, it looks like Mr Heughan will take the lead for the more daredevil experiences.
They do the travelling in a cozy camper van with it being filmed for the second series of their Men in Kilts TV show. It has been described by critics as a “very best buddy movie sequel.”