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

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"The Vampire Diaries" alum Ian Somerhalder is returning to familiar turf with "V-Wars", which got a 10-episode straight-to-series order from Netflix. 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. In fact, the vampires of V-Wars sound more like the zombies of The Walking Dead than anything close to what Somerhalder played on the nighttime soap. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these vampires. As The Hollywood Reporter states, William Laurin and Glenn Davis (creators of 1-800-Missing) will be the showrunners for the Netflix series.

Brad Turner (Human Cargo, 24, Stargate and Stargate Atlantis) will direct the pilot episode and executive produce. The series is based on the IDW novel of the same name, by author Jonathan Maberry. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will exec produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures' Games Gibb. He previously starred in The CW's series adaptation of "The Vampire Diaries" as Damon Salvatore.

V-Wars does not yet have a premiere date, but we'll keep you updated as the production continues.

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Netflix is continuing to bring fascinating, original programming to the streaming service, and we're so excited to see them dip a bit more into the world of the supernatural.

Since leaving The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed, have welcomed their first child together, daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. That series ran for eight seasons on CW, concluding in 2017. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn.