Somerhalder will portray Dr. Luther Swann in the series who enters into a world of horror when his best friend, Michael Fayne, transforms into a vampire after contracting a mysterious disease. The latest offering from the streaming service will be based on IDW's comic book series of the same name written by best-selling author Jonathan Maberry.
For Somerhalder, meanwhile, V-Wars arrives a year after he signed off of The CW's Vampire Diaries following its eight-season run.
Netflix has picked up the series for 10 episodes. Somerhalder is attached to star and also direct the drama, which was developed as straight-to-series in 2014 as the initial project under IDW Entertainment and then-eOne TV's first-look co-production deal. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these vampires. The series follows Dr. Swann as he races to find a cure, while Michael becomes the leader of his kind. "We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide".
1-800-MISSING creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis are set as showrunners.
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Ian is no stranger to the Vampire world, having starred on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.
Brad Turner (Human Cargo, 24, Stargate and Stargate Atlantis) will direct the pilot episode and executive produce. 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 now has a pod deal with TVD producers Warner Bros.
According to an April 16 report by TVLine, Ian Somerhalder has been cast in Netflix's V-Wars, which is an adaptation of a graphic novel series. It seems the ideal role for Somerhalder, who knows exactly what it takes to make a series about blood sucking monsters successful, thanks to his experience playing a vampire on television for 8 seasons.