Ian Somerhalder returning to the vampire genre with Netflix’s V-Wars

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Actor Ian Somerhalder poses for a photo by the pace car prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2018 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Actor Ian Somerhalder poses for a photo by the pace car prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2018 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images) /
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Netflix has picked up V-Wars and Ian Somerhalder is to star and direct.

Ian Somerhalder may be known well as the cocky lifeguard to LOST fans, but he’s best known as The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore. In fact, even when reading the novel, you can struggle to get the character’s description in your head over Somerhalder’s smoldering looks. Well, just a year after the vampire series ended, the actor is set to return to the vampire genre.

Netflix has ordered V-Wars, which will have 10 hour-long episodes, Deadline reports. Somerhalder isn’t just going to star, though. He’ll also continue his directing passion for the series.

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V-Wars is another vampire book adaptation. The book, by Jonathan Maberry was published in 2012 and tells the story of Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder), who learns all about the world of vampires after his best friend, Michael Fayne, is turned. In this world, vampirism is a disease, a little like iZombie‘s take on the zombie disease or I Am Legend‘s take on the vampire disease.

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The series will see vampires and humans split into camps, as more people are infected with the disease. Swann’s role is to find a way to stop the disease from spreading, while he friend becomes the most powerful underground vampire leader.

Stargate and 24‘s Brad Turner will executive produce the series, as well as direct the pilot episode. Somerhalder is viewed as the perfect choice for the role of Dr. Swann, considering he already has knowledge of the vampire genre. At least he’s not taking on the role of another dark, selfish vampire.

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Just as we thought vampires were gone, we get another series on the subject. It comes off the back of Netflix canceling Everything Sucks!, which brought something different to the platform. It looks like vampires are still very much the go-to for programming thanks to the likes of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

Are you excited to see Somerhalder return to the vampire genre? Have you read V-Wars? Share your thoughts on Netflix’s new series in the comments below.