Ian Somerhalder To Star in Netflix's Vampire Drama 'V-Wars'

The series based on the IDW novel of the same name has landed a 10-episode order at the streaming giant

The series based on the IDW novel of the same name has landed a 10-episode order at the streaming giant

Surprisingly, his role in V-Wars has Somerhalder hanging up his fangs to assume the role of the very human Dr. Luther Swann, who is introduced to the horrific world of vampires when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. Three more volumes of prose have followed, along with an IDW comic book series co-created by Maberry.

The role marks Somerhalder's latest major role in a vampire drama.

Netflix has handed out a 10-episode, straight to series order for V-Wars, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Ian Somerhalder is sticking with the whole vampire thing after signing on for Netflix's V-Wars.

Ian Somerhalder to star in Netflix's 'V-Wars'. The world is then thrown into a vampire war as the disease spreads with Swann racing against time to understand what is happening while Fayne becomes a vampire leader.

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The streaming giant has given the drama series a 10-episode first season order. Brad Turner will serve as director and executive producer.

Currently Somerhalder and his wife, actress Nikki Reed have a pod deal with Warner Bros TV to produce new content for the network under their production company Rare Bird Productions.

1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners for V-Wars. V-Wars: Chronicles Of The Vampire Wars has four installments, and is distributed by IDW Publishing, who is also producing the series alongside High Park Entertainment.

He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Of course, he honed his supernatural skills over eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries on The CW, where he played vampire Damon Salvatore, anti-hero and one point of the Damon-Elena-Stefan love triangle.

There is now no expected release date for V-Wars, but it's highly likely that Netflix will release the entire first season at once, as the company does with most of its original programming.

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