A year after the end of The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is returning to the vampire drama genre. Netflix has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of V-Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry’s bestselling book, from IDW Entertainment and High Park Entertainment. 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.
The book, published in 2012 by IDW Publishing, debuted as a collection of prose stories that chronicles the first Vampire War. In the series, Somerhalder will star as Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.
Somerhalder is best known for his starring role as Damon Salvatore on the CW’s long-running series The Vampire Diaries, which ended last year after eight seasons. In addition to acting in the show, Somerhalder also took on the role as director in Season 7 and Season 8