Ian Somerhalder To Star In Netflix Series V-Wars

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

Ian Somerhalder will be playing the character of Dr. Luther Swann, whose best friend, Michael Fayne, contracts the virus and becomes a bloodthirsty vampire. As Michael rises to become a leader among the creatures, Dr. Swann fights to understand the disease that claimed his friend.

Somerhalder previously starred in popular series The Vampire Diaries as Damian Salvatore. Netflix has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of V-Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry's bestselling book, from IDW Entertainment and High Park Entertainment.

Ian Somerhalder has locked down his next role after his hit television series The Vampire Diaries ended its run in 2017. Soon, more and more people are transformed, creating a divide in society: humans versus vampires. Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce for High Park, with David Ozer and Ted Adams for IDW Entertainment and James Gibb for Marada Pictures.

V-Wars was first announced in 2014 as part of a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One.

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Judging from Ozer's statement above, it also looks like Somerhalder will be wearing a director hat on V-Wars in addition to starring. William Laurin and Glenn Davis, creators of the Canadian crime drama 1-800-Missing, will serve as showrunners for the series.

According to THR, another IDW adaptation, "Locke & Key", is waiting on a new home after Hulu passed on the pilot.

Netflix is continuing to bring fascinating, original programming to the streaming service, and we're so excited to see them dip a bit more into the world of the supernatural.

V-Wars does not yet have a premiere date, but we'll keep you updated as the production continues. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn.

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