Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

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

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

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. The series is based on the IDW novel of the same name, by author Jonathan Maberry.

In addition to starring in the series, Somerhalder is attached to direct. Somerhalder previously helmed three episodes of The Vampire Diaries. Like V-Wars, Locke & Key is based on an IDW comic series (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez) and is now being shopped around.

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. 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.

Ian Somerhalder is sticking with the whole vampire thing after signing on for Netflix's V-Wars.

V-Wars does not yet have a premiere date, but we'll keep you updated as the production continues. While Luther looks for answers about the plague affecting the world, Michael will become a leader of the underground vampire movement. 1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners to the forthcoming Netflix show, which has already been picked up for ten episodes. The genre drama joins a roster of Marvel fare including the recently renewed Jessica Jones and gives the streamer a series vampire drama as The CW is prepping the final season of Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, while working on yet another offshoot from the franchise. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros. IDW entertainment and High Park Entertainment will produce, with IDW distributing worldwide (except Canada). He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn.

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