Whoever is doing the casting for Netflix’s upcoming vampire drama, V-Wars, has spent some time watching The CW. The series is already set to star Ian Somerhalder, who last year wrapped up his long run on The Vampire Diaries. And now to star opposite of him they have cast Adrian Holmes, who recurred on Arrow up until last year as Detective Frank Pike. The series is based on the 2012 prose collection by Jonathan Maberry that was published by IDW Publishing. It chronicled the first Vampire War.
According to Deadline, Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann, who enters the world of untold horror when a mysterious disease tansforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society crumbles into two opposing groups, surviving humans and vampires. Swann races to save humanity while Fayne rises to become the leader of the vampires.
Fayne is described as being naturally charismatic, quick thinking, and strategic, which moves him up quickly among the transformed humans until he takes over. Besides his time on Arrow, Holmes is known for his work on the series 19-2, Continuum and Supernatural.
Continuing the CW theme, the series has also cast Jacky Lai from the series Beyond and who has appeared on The Flash, as a critical role. Lai will play Kaylee Vo, an online journalist in the mode of Julian Assange who will do or say anything to advance her career. She’s described as fierce, funny and constantly hustling. She breaks the biggest story of her career only to find she’s become part of the story and has a growing list of deadly enemies.
Brad Turner (Stargate Atlantis) will direct the pilot while William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners.