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

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Luther will enter the nightmarish world of V-Wars firsthand when his best friend, Michael Fayne, is turned "into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans". The series follows Dr. Swann as he races to find a cure, while Michael becomes the leader of his kind.

The new show, which has been handed a 10-episode first season by Netflix, is adapted from Jonathan Mayberry's IDW comic book.

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Brad Turner (Stargate Atlantis, 24) is set to direct the pilot episode, and will serve as an executive producer on the series.

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. According to a new report from Deadline, Somerhalder has landed the lead role in a new Netflix series called V-Wars. High Park Entertainment produces alongside IDW Entertainment, which will distribute the series worldwide (excluding Canada). William Laurin and Glenn Davis have been tapped as showrunners. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce along with IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams, James Gibb of Marada Pictures.

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The Vampire Diaries is over but Ian Somerhalder isn't giving up the vampire life quite yet.

Although he's playing a mere mortal in V-Wars, Somerhalder will be tapping into his genre expertise to direct select episodes of the 10-episode first season. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn. 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.

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