The Vampire Diaries alum Ian Somerhalder doesn't just star in the new Netflix show V Wars, he's also a producer and directed one of the 10 episodes of Season 1. He stars as scientist Dr. Luther Swann, with Arrow alum Adrian Holmes as Swann's best friend Michael Fayne, who becomes a vampire after the outbreak of a mysterious disease.
Netflix is expected to drop the trailer for V Wars tomorrow (Tuesday, November 19) before the premiere of Season 1 on December 5. The first season started filming in June 2018 and finished in October 2018, but Ian Somerhalder spent the next full year in post-production.
Adrian Holmes talked to CinemaBlend about what impressed him about working with Ian Somerhalder, particularly with Somerhalder playing double duty as an actor and director:
Here's the praise Adrian Holmes posted right after wrapping the V Wars episode Ian Somerhalder directed:
And here's a look at Ian Somerhalder directing on set, in a clip he shared earlier this year:
Ian Somerhalder is fresh from The Vampire Diaries, where he played vampire Damon Salvatore for eight seasons, ending in 2017. So he knows his stuff. But not only does he play a human on V Wars -- and one who is very different from snarky Damon -- the show itself is very different from TVD. Plus, this was Somerhalder's first time delivering a show as a producer. It took over a year of his life, balancing time working on V Wars with raising his now 2-year-old daughter with wife Nikki Reed, and at one point he said he wasn't sure if they were going to be able to deliver the show to Netflix on time.
After Netflix recently shared the first photos and premiere date, Ian Somerhalder revealed that making V Wars put him in the hospital. He didn't explain any more about that, and Adrian Holmes didn't want to tell Somerhalder's story for him, but Holmes briefly addressed the stresses on his co-star:
Adrian Holmes admitted he had a bit of an injury himself while they filmed V Wars. He said he went for a run without stretching first and ended up pulling some muscles in his leg. That left him unable to do some V Wars stunts for a spell.
Stress and accidents aside, it sounds like filming V Wars was a blast. Here's what Adrian Holmes told me about the set's light tone:
Sounds like the right approach! Stay tuned for more of Adrian Holmes' thoughts on V Wars ahead of Season 1's debut on December 5. Here's more of what we know so far about V Wars, including more on other characters. Bookmark the TV show's Netflix page now and get ready for the war to begin.
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