According to The Hollywood Reporter, Somerhalder has been cast in the latest original series for Netflix, V-Wars. Swann gets introduced to the horrific world of the vampiric when his best friend, Michael Fayne, succumbs to the disease, turning into a vampire and feeding on the blood of others. 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.
For Somerhalder, meanwhile, V-Wars arrives a year after he signed off of The CW's Vampire Diaries following its eight-season run.
V-Wars, which is based on the IDW comic of the same name from Jonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin), will be directed and executive produced by Brad Turner (Stargate).
Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to the show.
No word yet on when Somerhalder's series will hit the 'Flix, but we're readying our wooden stakes just in case. At least this time Somerhalder is not playing a vampire. This disease slowly begins to spread through humankind, and society begins to splinter into the ranks of those who are human and those who are vampires. 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.
In addition to starring in the show, Somerhalder is set to direct an undisclosed number of episodes in the show's premiere season.
Currently Somerhalder and his wife, actress Nikki Reed have a pod deal with Warner Bros TV to produce new content for the network under their production company Rare Bird Productions. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn. The premise of the books revolves around a mysterious virus that starts transforming humans into bloodthirsty predators, setting the stage for an us-vs. -them war.