V-Wars: new vampire series at Netflix for Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder has been cast in Netflix’s V-Wars. The actor previously starred as an immortal in eight seasons of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. This time, Somerhalder will be on the other side of the human-vampire struggle.

Netflix has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of V-Wars, an on-screen adaptation of Jonathan Maberry’s 2012 book about the first Vampire War. The book is the first in a series that features prose stories about the supernatural struggle. 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.

According to Deadline, Somerhalder will play Dr. Luther Swann, “who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans.” Awkward. Swann obviously isn’t alone in his struggles. As more and more people become infected, the world splits into humanity versus vampire nation. While Swann tries to understand what is happening, Fayne becomes the leader of the vampires.

In addition to starring in the series, Somerhalder is attached to direct. Somerhalder previously helmed three episodes of The Vampire Diaries. They were all great, so it will be interesting to see what Somerhalder can do behind the camera outside of the Vampire Diaries universe.

Brad Turner will direct the pilot episode, with William Laurin and Glenn Davis acting as showrunners.

More news on V-Wars as we hear it.

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