Ian Somerhalder Is Returning to His Vampire Roots in New Netflix Drama 'V-Wars'

This marks Somerhalder's first television role since The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017

Ian Somerhalder is putting his fangs back on.

The actor, 39, has joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix Vampire drama V-Wars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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. As the disease spreads, a war breaks out between humans and vampires.

This marks Somerhalder’s first television role since The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017.

V-Wars is based on a novel written by Jonathan Maberry.

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“We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season,” executive producer David Ozer said in a statement, according to Deadline. “We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”

The first season will be 10 episodes long. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

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