Wars: new vampire series at Netflix for Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder Cast in New Vampire Show for Netflix

Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Boone Carlyle on Lost and his eight seasons as Damon Salvatore on the CW series The Vampire Diaries, will star in V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann.

This will be Somerhalder's first time getting back to his garlic-averse roots since last year's The Vampire Diaries series finale.

Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to a series adaptation of the "V-Wars" book series written by Jonathan Maberry. As this disease spreads and more people are turned into murderous predators, social structures fracture and an "us against them" mentality pits humans against vampires.

According to Comic Book, IDW Entertainment President David Ozer cited Ian Somerhalder as the flawless choice for the V-Wars adaptation, revealing his work on The Vampire Diaries has offered the actor a "keen understanding" of the vampire genre. Swann races against time to understand what's happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. "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 will serve as showrunners. The pickup comes as IDW's Locke and Key is being shopped to other streaming outlets, among others, as the company looks to find a new home for the Carlton Cuse drama based on Joe Hill's beloved comic series.

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Somerhalder will also be directing episodes of the series with Brad Turner directing the pilot episode and executive producing. He now has a pod deal with TVD producers Warner Bros. 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. Television with actress Nikki Reed, his wife, via their Rare Bird Productions banner.

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.

Somerhalder ended his 8 season run as resident brooding bad boy-turned good vampire Damon Salvatore on The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries previous year when the series wrapped.

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