Ian Somerhalder to Star in Netflix's Vampire Drama Series 'V-Wars'

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

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Surprisingly, his role in V-Wars has Somerhalder hanging up his fangs to assume the role of the very human Dr. Luther Swann, who is introduced to the horrific world of vampires when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans.

The series is based on IDW Publishing's V-Wars franchise, written by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry.

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

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THR is reporting that the series, which already has a 10 episode order, will be produced by High Park Entertainment and distributed worldwide by IDW Entertainment (save for Canada).

The series was originally announced in 2014 as a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One. eOne and producers Circle of Confusion are no longer involved. According to a new report from Deadline, Somerhalder has landed the lead role in a new Netflix series called V-Wars. The world is then thrown into a vampire war as the disease spreads with Swann racing against time to understand what is happening while Fayne becomes a vampire leader.

1-800-MISSING creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis are set as showrunners. "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. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce along with IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams, James Gibb of Marada Pictures. Television with actress Nikki Reed, his wife, via their Rare Bird Productions banner. He previously starred in The CW's series adaptation of "The Vampire Diaries" as Damon Salvatore.

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