15 Things To Know About Ian Somerhalder's New Vampire Horror Series

Nicole Pomarico | Dec 3, 2019 TV
15 Things To Know About Ian Somerhalder's New Vampire Horror Series
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Ian Somerhalder in 'V-Wars'

Just when we were starting to miss Ian Somerhalder and Vampire Diaries (after all, it has been almost three years since the series finale aired on The CW), this actor is giving us a brand new series on Netflix to look forward to. When V-Wars hits the popular streaming service Thursday, we get to see Ian back in action in the middle of world filled with these creatures ... but this time, he'll be playing a character who happens to be a lot different from Damon Salvatore on Vampire Diaries -- and we're so ready for it!

Here's the synopsis of V-Wars, straight from Netflix: 

"Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these 'vampires.' Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires."

It sounds like a fascinating series (and the trailer looks amazing) but what else do we need to know about the show before we start watching when it premieres on Netflix? Here's everything fans should know -- most of it coming straight from Ian's interviews and Instagram posts. This guy is seriously passionate about this new project, which makes us even more excited to watch.

  • The Trailer Is Pretty Awesome 


    Talk about action packed! So far, we don't have a lot of footage of V-Wars, but this trailer gives us all we need to know to prep for watching the series. Looks like it might even be a bit creepy (it is about vampires, after all), but in the best way. 

  • Ian Somerhalder Is Not Playing a Vampire This Time


    Even though the show is about vampires -- and Ian has totally played a vampire in the past -- this time, he's all human. His character, Dr. Luther Swann, is trying to solve the epidemic that caused the vampire outbreak, so in the end, he's actually in an opposite role. 

    It'll be interesting to see that play out!

  • Ian Was Heavily Involved in the Production of the Show


    Not only does Ian star in V-Wars, but he also produced and directed (one episode) too. This is why the project is such a personal one to him. It seems like he's put his heart and soul into every aspect, from making sure the show got made to everything including post-production.

  • 'V-Wars' Is Based on a Book


    To be more specific, V-Wars actually started out as a series of books, written by author Jonathan Maberry, and it also ended up becoming a graphic novel that inspired the upcoming Netflix series. We might have to scoop them up as we're always looking for a good read.

  • The Series Has a Pretty Impressive Cast 


    Aside from Ian, there are plenty of other recognizable names in the V-Wars cast. Kyle Breitkopf, who starred in Wonder, and Shadowhunters star Jacky Lai are also part of the main cast. Adrian Holmes also has top billing as he plays Ian's character's best friend, who ends up on the opposing side after he himself becomes a vampire. 

  • 'V-Wars' Was Filmed in Canada 


    According to Express, the show filmed in Toronto, which makes sense. After all, a lot of shows are filmed in Canada, and Ian was dressed for cold weather in his photos from filming. It'll be interesting to see if we recognize any landmarks when the show debuts. 

  • The Cast Has Been Sharing Their Excitement Online


    Case in point: This sweet post from Jacky Lai about working with Ian and everyone else on the show. She wrote: 

    It's been almost a week since we wrapped and I’m still in awe -- of the talent, the love, and kindness, that was so infectious on our set. I am so so proud to be a part of this. The challenges taught me who I am and the triumphs taught me who I want to be. So thank you, a million thank yous to every human and vampire involved... you are responsible for this magic.

  • Vampires Battle Moral Conflict


    Forget every horror movie that depicts these "creatures of the night" plaguing society, one neck bite at a time. In V-Wars, some vampires are conflicted after being infected and feel some kind of way about feeding on others.

    "Michael Fayne later becomes a figure of authority when he takes on the mantle as leader of Blood Nation, but unlike Pike, he has an inner struggle and is conflicted between right and wrong," Adrian Holmes, who plays Patient Zero Michael Fayne, revealed in an interview about his character.

    Very interesting!

  • Ian Documented the Whole Journey on Instagram 


    If anyone needs any proof of how dedicated this guy is to V-Wars, his Instagram should do it. Not only did he share his journey prepping for and then filming the show, but he's also been promoting it hard-core since. 

    The passion is real!

  • 'V-Wars' Is More About Science Than the Supernatural 


    In an interview with TV Guide, Ian shared how different the show is from Vampire Diaries.

    "It's more about the science instead of supernatural fantasy," he said. "These creatures come as a result of a disease. They're not 165 years old; it's happening brand new, in real-time. You're experiencing it as it's happening. What that does to the world is going to be insane."

  • There's a 'DIY Vampire Hunter' Video Floating Around to Get Us Excited



    If working with Netflix on this show means we get more flawless content like this, bring it on! Honestly, if we're gonna trust anyone to help us ward off vampires, it's this guy ... but maybe we'd be a bit more practical about it than he is in this video. 

  • Unlike 'Vampire Diaries,' This Series Tackles Real Social Issues


    Back in August, Ian explained why he wants to stick with another vampire series, comparing himself to another actor who famously played a vampire.

    "If Robert Pattinson ended up doing another movie franchise about vampires, you'd think he was absolutely out of his mind," he said. "But this one has a message. I loved my experience and my family on The Vampire Diaries, but we get to tackle real, social issues without bludgeoning people over the head."

    We're into it! 

  • Still, 'Vampire Diaries' Helped Prepare Ian for 'V-Wars'


    "What I'm able to put into V-Wars is a direct reflection of the understanding and the skill sets that I developed on The Vampire Diaries, for sure, both in the production and post-production side," Ian revealed about what prepared him for this show during a TVGuide interview.

    "The Vampire Diaries was an anomaly; it was one of those rare, golden doves that come out of nowhere. While it takes a lot out of you, it is easy to show up and be the star of a hit television show. It's a different world to build one from the ground up, and I've put my soul into this show ... I'm up at 6 in the morning and there are hundreds of things that need to be taken care of each day."
  • There's Already Talk About Season 2


    Talk about high hopes! Even though season one hasn't debuted yet, it sounds like Ian's optimistic for a third season -- and in an interview with Mashable, he explained his plans for more episodes

    "Going into season 2, we will get to explore characters that we are really excited about. There are two amazing Indian characters that we are going to put together -- a father and a daughter," Ian said. "A vampire in India will be different from a vampire in Eastern Europe or South America. That will be a very exciting and new angle to explore."

  • All 10 Episodes Will Drop at Once 


    Although some streaming series like to drop episodes weekly -- with many Netflix shows planning to follow suit -- that's not the case with Ian's new venture. All 10 episodes of V-Wars will hit Netflix at once, making it totally worth a weekend binge. 

    We can't wait to see them all! 

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