Somerhalder will play Dr. Luther Swann, whose best friend, Michael Fayne, is transformed him into a unsafe vampire. "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' description reads. Swann is desperate to find out what is happening and why, while his friend Fayne becomes the leader of the vampire underground. According to a new report from Deadline, Somerhalder has landed the lead role in a new Netflix series called V-Wars. "We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide", Netflix said in a press release. Its fantasy series Wynonna Earp returns for a third season later this year on SYFY and Space, and its adaptation of the horror comic series Locke & Key is still searching for a streaming home.
1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners for V-Wars. 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.
Not only will Somerhalder lead the whole shebang as Dr. Swann, he'll also act as a director on the first season of V-Wars (though it's unclear how many episodes he'll helm). 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.
Brad Turner (Stargate Atlantis, 24) is set to direct the pilot episode, and will serve as an executive producer on the series.
Ian Somerhalder is headed back to the Vampire world!
Somerhalder is best known for his starring role as Damon Salvatore on the CW's long-running series The Vampire Diaries, which ended past year after eight seasons.
No word yet on when V-Wars will begin filming, but Screen Rant will keep you updated with all the casting and filming news. The genre remains popular with NBC's Midnight, Texas, and Syfy's Van Helsing, among others.