Ian Somerhalder returning to the vampire genre with Netflix's V-Wars

Angelo Anderson
April 16, 2018

Written by Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars tells the story of a world in peril.

In addition to starring in the series, Somerhalder is attached to direct. Somerhalder previously directed three episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

As many fans know, Ian Somerhalder has plenty of experience when it comes to vampires.

Ian Somerhalder to star in Netflix's 'V-Wars'.

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

In V-Wars, Somerhalder, whose credits also include Lost and Smallville, plays Dr. Luther Swann, a man who sees his best friend transformed by a disease essentially into a vampire. The streaming service granted the project a 10-episode straight-to-series order on Monday, also announcing Somerhalder's casting as the central character, Dr. Luther Swann. As the vampire virus spreads, the world becomes polarized between humans and vampires with Fayne working to become one of the latter's most powerful leaders. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures' Games Gibb.

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.

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. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

V-Wars arrives as Netflix continues to spend an estimated $8 billion annually on original programming. The actor previously starred as an immortal in eight seasons of The CW's The Vampire Diaries. The genre remains popular with NBC's Midnight, Texas, and Syfy's Van Helsing, among others.

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