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V-Wars season 1: Netflix release date, trailer and what we know so far

For fans of The Vampire Diaries and of the vampire genre in general, the wait will soon be over. Ian Somerhalder will be back on our screens on 5 December for V-Wars. The project has been in development since early 2018, a year after the end of The Vampire Diaries, so the wait has not been short!

Based on the bestselling comic series by Jonathan Maberry about a scientist, Dr Luther Swann (Somerhalder) as he becomes embroiled in a crisis when a virus breaks out that turns human into vampires. Swann is on a mission to reverse the virus, to save humanity, and also save his best friend who has also been affected. But with time it seems that his friend may not want to be cured as he becomes a leader among the emerging vampire community, and war between humans and vampires seems inevitable.

Alongside Somerhalder, the show stars:

  • Adrian Holmes – 19/12, Skyscraper
  • Laura Vandervoort – Smallville, Bitten
  • Peter Outerbridge – Nikita, Orphan Black
  • Kyle Harrison Breitkopf – Parental Guidance

There is a rumour that Somerhalder’s wife Nikki Reed may also make a cameo in the series.

The show promises to be much darker and grittier than Somerhalder’s previous vampire outing, with a significant amount of blood and violence, and a less glamorous and more realistic look at the idea of a vampire. It also promises to be less supernatural. There will be no discovery of ancient witches and enchanted doppelgangers.  These vampires are scientific rather than supernatural mysteries. The show will also go beyond the issue of teen angst and romance. It will deal with extremely topical issues such as border control, racism and security.

The first season will consist of only 10 episodes, and we aren’t sure how much of the original source material they will get through. We will just have to wait until December 5 to see. Maberry is a prolific writer, so there is plenty of scope for the series to expand.

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