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

Lula Sharp
April 17, 2018

Ian Somerhalder is sticking with the whole vampire thing after signing on for Netflix's V-Wars. As Michael rises to become a leader among the creatures, Dr. Swann fights to understand the disease that claimed his friend. Of course, he honed his supernatural skills over eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries on The CW, where he played vampire Damon Salvatore, anti-hero and one point of the Damon-Elena-Stefan love triangle. 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. 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. The order comes as another IDW property, the beloved Locke and Key, is awaiting word on a new home after Hulu's surprising pass on the pilot.

Brad Turner will direct and executive produce the series, alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer and others. He now has a pod deal with TVD producers Warner Bros.

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V-Wars began development back in 2014 as a straight-to-series project from IDW Entertainment and eOne TV, and while eOne is no longer attached, the series has finally found a home at Netflix as IDW continues to expand its live-action projects.

Since leaving The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed, have welcomed their first child together, daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. Plus, with The Vampire Diaries ending in 2017 and The Originals coming to an end, we were in dire need of some more vampire shows to watch. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn. More recently, he played a regular role on The CW's horror drama The Vampire Series.

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