Ian Somerhalder isn’t Damon Salvatore anymore. The former “Vampire Diaries” star is leading another bloodsucking drama, but this time, he’s trying to save the vamps.

Netflix’s adaptation of “V-Wars,” based on Jonathan Maberry’s best-selling books, follows a doctor (Somerhalder) whose friend (Adrian Holmes) contracts a virus that makes him a vampire. The trailer shows Somerhalder’s Dr. Luther Swann desperately researching and hoping to find a cure as a war erupts between the humans and vampires. Swann wants to save Holmes’ Michael Fayne, but as time goes on, Fayne becomes the leader of the vampires.

Watch the trailer below:

This marks Ian Somerhalder’s first TV show since “The Vampire Diaries,” which Somerhalder starred on for eight seasons until it wrapped up in 2017. Coincidentally, a cure for vampirism was also a major storyline in the later seasons of the show.

The actor made his directorial debut on The CW show, and he brought what he learned to “V-Wars.” He directed Season 1, episode 9, the penultimate episode of the season. Other directors include Brad Turner (episodes 1, 2, 8 and 10), TJ Scott (episodes 3 and 4), Kaare Andrews (episode 5), Marita Grabiak (episode 6) and Bobby Roth (episode 7).

Somerhalder, who was a producer on the final season of “The Vampire Diaries,” is also executive producing the new Netflix show alongside Maberry, showrunners Glenn Davis and William Laurin as well as Brad Turner, Eric Birnberg, Thomas Walden, James Gibb, Lydia Antonini, Matthew McCluggage, Paul Harb and Ted Adams. “V-Wars” was filmed in Toronto and produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment.

The “V-Wars” cast also includes Jacky Lai (Kaylee Vo), Peter Outerbridge (Calix Niklos), Kyle Breitkopf (Dez), Laura Vandervoot (Mila Dubov) and Kimberly-Sue Murray (Danika Dubov). Though she isn't listed in the cast, Somerhalder's wife Nikki Reed also appears in the trailer.

“V-Wars” Season 1 premieres Dec. 5 on Netflix.

V Wars "V-Wars" is a new show on Netflix based on Jonathan Maberry's books. Photo: Netflix