Cast in New Vampire Show for Netflix

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Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Boone Carlyle on Lost and his eight seasons as Damon Salvatore on the CW series The Vampire Diaries, will star in V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann. 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.

Ian Somerhalder - who is married to "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed - played Damon Salvatore on "The Vampire Diaries" from 2009 to 2017. Like V-Wars, Locke & Key is based on an IDW comic series (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez) and is now being shopped around.

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. As this disease spreads and more people are turned into murderous predators, social structures fracture and an "us against them" mentality pits humans against vampires.

Ian Somerhalder has been cast in Netflix's V-Wars. Swann is desperate to find out what is happening and why, while his friend Fayne becomes the leader of the vampire underground.

William Laurin and Glenn Davis are on show-running duties, while Brad Turner is directing the first episode and will also work as an executive producer. 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.

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 is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

Somerhalder is best known for his starring role as Damon Salvatore on the CW's long-running series The Vampire Diaries, which ended previous year after eight seasons.

More news on V-Wars as we hear it. The genre remains popular with NBC's Midnight, Texas, and Syfy's Van Helsing, among others.

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