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V Wars Star Adrian Holmes Discusses Why People Should Watch Netflix's New Vampire Series

This week, Netflix will be launching new vampire series V Wars.

Based on Jonathan Maberry's graphic novel, the show stars Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) and Adrian Holmes (Arrow).

They take on the roles two best friends who find themselves in opposite sides of a fight when Holmes' character Michael Fayne is transformed by a virus and eventually becomes the powerful underground leader of the vampires.

"Michael's definitely not somebody who is supportive of his new position," Holmes explained in an interview with Digital Spy. "He doesn't want to hurt anybody.

"He wishes this would never happen to him. But there comes a point where there's a bit of a switch in him when he does accept his new position, because he's been searching for purpose in his life.

"He thinks, 'Well, maybe this is my purpose. Maybe this is my calling and this is a new mantle that I was supposed to take on. I've been chosen by natural selection, by evolution, by the universe'.

"He's stronger. His senses are heightened. It's something that he starts to really enjoy. And so instead of fighting it, he embraces it. That's where the show gets really interesting as he starts to form his own empire."

Somerhalder's character Dr Luther Swann is working hard trying to develop a cure, not only to save his friend, but also for humanity's sake as the virus continues to spread.

For Holmes, one aspect that makes V Wars stand out is how it covers extremely relevant environmental topics.

"The show itself is progressive and touches on a lot of issues that we have to deal with, such as environmental issues and climate change," he said. "Ian's character is a scientist who has to deal with issues that are really interesting to hear about. He gets invested in that realm.

"It's got a nice blend of action, heart, research, and environmental issues. It's a show that a lot of people will be able to connect with and relate to on many different levels."

Playing a vampire is a big deal for Holmes. He explained that he's a huge fan of the horror sub-genre, particularly Bram Stoker's Dracula and the superhero Blade.

"It was kind of in my bucket list to play a vampire," he said. "That aspect grabbed and really attracted me to the role – but also, the character isn't a blood-sucking demon or anything like that.

"It's a really cool story and just a different take on the whole vampire genre, which I really like. It's grounded in reality."

As for whether Holmes would like to see a second season, the answer for him is clear.

"Absolutely! Absolutely, that's a no-brainer," he said. "I would love to come back and reprise the role and get to work with Brad Turner, our amazing director who mans the ship, and of course Ian again. We have such a great bond with everybody.

"I think it would be sad to not get another kick at the can, so hopefully it works out and the fans really respond well to it. Hopefully it's well-received and they love it and want to see us back again. Fingers crossed."

V Wars launches Thursday, December 5 on Netflix.

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