The Vampire Diaries
is over but Ian Somerhalder isn't giving up the vampire life quite yet. The series wrapped up the story of Somerhalder's character, Damon Salvatore, quite succinctly. There's also no plans for Damon or Somerhalder to appear in the fifth and final season of spin-off The Originals
. Still, Somerhalder's new job sounds a lot like his old one.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Somerhalder has been cast in the latest original series for Netflix, V-Wars
. Based on the IDW novel of the same name, V-Wars
(as the name might imply) revolves around vampires. Specifically, it explores what happens when a vampiric disease spreads, turning the world into a post-apocalyptic landscape.
The vampires of V-Wars are a lot different from the kind in Vampire Diaries. It doesn't sound like any of them will be starting a love triangle with a teenage girl any time soon. In fact, the vampires of V-Wars sound more like the zombies of The Walking Dead than anything close to what Somerhalder played on the nighttime soap. Although monstrous, these vampires seem to be a lot more intelligent than the average zombie.
It's probably for this reason that the actor will be playing a human character this time around. Somerhalder has been cast in the lead role of V-Wars, Dr. Luther Swann. Luther will enter the nightmarish world of V-Wars firsthand when his best friend, Michael Fayne, is turned "into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans."
However, it does sound there will be a bit of a hook for Vampire Diaries fans, besides Somerhalder's appearance. V-Wars will explore the complicated rivalry between Luther and Michael as the series progress. The two best friends will find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, much like Damon and Stefan Salvatore. While Luther looks for answers about the plague affecting the world, Michael will become a leader of the underground vampire movement.
"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," a Netflix representative said in a statement.
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