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'Vampire Diaries' Star Ian Somerhalder Shares Spoiler About 'V-Wars' Character

The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder is stepping back into the world of vampires in the new Netflix series, V-Wars, and he shared a first look at his character on Instagram Wednesday. 

"Here he is… @drlutherswannofficial aka Dr. Luther Swann," he wrote in the caption. "Would you trust this man?"

Somerhalder is pictured in a white lab coat, with his character's name over the pocket. He's wearing glasses, a watch and a ring and he has blood on his knuckles and hand. 

His character "enters a world of horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans," according to IDW Entertainment's description. "As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing amps 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." The series is based on the IDW novel by Jonathan Maberry. 

"We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season," IDW Entertainment President David Ozer said in a statement in April. Ozer left the company on August 10, Deadline reported. Somerhalder played vampire Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries on the CW for eight years, from 2009 to 2017.

GettyImages-844422410 Above, Ian Somerhalder is pictured at XQ Super School Live, presented by EIF, at Barker Hangar on September 8, 2017 in Santa California. The actor will be playing a doctor in the new Netflix series, "V-Wars." Christopher Polk/Getty Images for EIF

The Dr. Luther Swann Instagram account Somerhalder tagged has two posts, one announcing Peter Outerbridge's casting and the other showing Somerhalder holding a copy of the novel on which the series is based. The actor posted the same photo on Instagram in June. "This is happening. #VWars is happening," he wrote and said to follow Dr. Luther Swann and V-Wars Instagram accounts for more information about the series. "They are hunting us…"

Adrian Holmes is playing Michael Fayne, and Jacky Lai is playing an online journalist, Kaylee Vo, Deadline reported in June. Outerbridge will be playing science expert Calix Niklos, the publication said in June. Laura Vandervoort, Kyle Breitkopf and Kimberly-Sue Murray joined the cast as Mila, Dez and Danika, respectively, in July, Deadline announced. 

Vandervoort shared a photo of a pair of legs on a couch from the set on Instagram Monday. "She felt like something was missing," she wrote in the caption. "But what?"