After recently announcing that Netflix has greenlit a 10 episode series based on the IDW comic V-Wars, starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries), they’ve now announced the casting of two additional key roles:
Adrian Holmes (Smallville, True Justice, Arrow, Bravo’s 19-2) cast to play Michael Fayne is the lynchpin in a horrifying virus with brutal consequences. Fayne’s natural charisma, quick thinking, and natural strategic sense lead him to assume a critical role as a leader of the growing “vampire” faction in a struggle that threatens to tear society apart.
Jacky Lai (Silent Hill: Revelation, Beyond, Once Upon a Time, The Flash) to play the role of Kaylee Vo, a struggling young online journalist – a would-be Assange who will do or say almost anything to advance her career. A fierce, funny, hustling fringe player, she breaks the biggest story imaginable and soon finds herself a key part of that story with a growing list of deadly enemies.
Brad Turner who is known for his work on Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, and 24, will direct the pilot episode and serve as Executive Producer while William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as Showrunners.
In the comic, written by Jonathan Mayberry, mankind is silently infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called “junk DNA” becomes activated, and depending on their racial and ethnic heritage they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the “others” that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves – it goes much deeper than that.
In the Netflix series, radiation from a nuclear disaster attacks human DNA, transforming people into vampires, based on the folklore of each victim’s heritage. The show chronicles the outbreak of the first Vampire War, from the savage murders committed by the newly affected to full-out battles with vampire terrorist cells, and the peace mongering factions in between.
The series will focus on Dr. Luther Swann who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, 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.
There’s no information yet on when filming will begin or the show is scheduled to premiere, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have more information!
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