According to Comic Book, IDW Entertainment President David Ozer cited Ian Somerhalder as the ideal choice for the V-Wars adaptation, revealing his work on The Vampire Diaries has offered the actor a "keen understanding" of the vampire genre.
Somerhalder will once again be dealing with the undead in the new series, starring as Dr. Luther Swann, who watches as a disease transforms his best friend into a vampire. The mysterious illness transforms Michael and begins to spread, splitting society up into factions as uninfected people begin to fight back against the new vampire threat. The series follows Dr. Swann as he races to find a cure, while Michael becomes the leader of his kind.
THR is reporting that the series, which already has a 10 episode order, will be produced by High Park Entertainment and distributed worldwide by IDW Entertainment (save for Canada). The latest offering from the streaming service will be based on IDW's comic book series of the same name written by best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. "We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide", Netflix said in a press release. William Laurin and Glenn Davis have been tapped as showrunners. Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce for High Park, with David Ozer and Ted Adams for IDW Entertainment and James Gibb for Marada Pictures.
Not only will Somerhalder lead the whole shebang as Dr. Swann, he'll also act as a director on the first season of V-Wars (though it's unclear how many episodes he'll helm). 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 Somerhalder - who is married to "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed - played Damon Salvatore on "The Vampire Diaries" from 2009 to 2017.
Somerhalder ended his 8 season run as resident brooding bad boy-turned good vampire Damon Salvatore on The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries a year ago when the series wrapped.
V-Wars arrives as Netflix continues to spend an estimated $8 billion annually on original programming.