Ian Somerhalder starring in Netflix vampire series 'V-Wars'


Ian Somerhalder is sticking with the whole vampire thing after signing on for Netflix's V-Wars. His character is faced with a daunting task as he watches his best friend rise to power among the vampire crowd, leading the very war Swann is trying to stop.

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

Vampires seem to be what #Ian Somerhalder knows best. 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. Stargate and Stargate Atlantis's Brad Turner will both direct and executive produce the pilot episode of the series, with William Laurin and Glenn Davis (Power Play, Aftermath) serving as the showrunners. 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.

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V-Wars was first announced in 2014 as part of a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures' Games Gibb. Despite multiple attempts to bring the series to both the big and small screen, IDW remains committed to finding the project a creative home.

Ian is no stranger to the Vampire world, having starred on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

The vampires of V-Wars are a lot different from the kind in Vampire Diaries. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros. That series ran for eight seasons on CW, concluding in 2017. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.