He'll play Dr. Luther Swann, a human who watches as his best friend, Michael Fayne, succumbs to a disease that turns him into a human-eating predator. The mysterious illness transforms Michael and begins to spread, splitting society up into factions as uninfected people begin to fight back against the new vampire threat. Unfortunately for him, Michael rises to power as an underground leader of the vampires, putting Swann in a hard spot.
The streaming giant has given a 10-episode order to V-Wars, a new bloodsucking drama based on the series of books of the same name edited by Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin, Dead of Night) and published by IDW. 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. "We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide".
Ian Somerhalder to star in Netflix's 'V-Wars'. High Park Entertainment produces alongside IDW Entertainment, which will distribute the series worldwide (excluding Canada).
1-800-MISSING creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis are set as showrunners.
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Although he's playing a mere mortal in V-Wars, Somerhalder will be tapping into his genre expertise to direct select episodes of the 10-episode first season.
The Vampire Diaries is over but Ian Somerhalder isn't giving up the vampire life quite yet. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros.
Ian is no stranger to the Vampire world, having starred on The CW's The Vampire Diaries. Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden are executive producing for High Park Entertainment, while David Ozer and Ted Adams will serve in that capacity for IDW Entertainment. The genre remains popular with NBC's Midnight, Texas, and Syfy's Van Helsing, among others.