By Mandi Bierly
March 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM EDT

Ian Somerhalder, a.k.a. Lost‘s Boone, has landed himself a starring role on the CW pilot Vampire Diaries. According to Variety, he’ll play Damon, “a smug vampire who can go from playful to evil in a split second.” The show is based on a pre-Twilight series of young-adult novels by L.J. Smith in which a female high school student falls for a vampire named Stefan (of course, he’s named Stefan), who has bad blood with his older brother Damon (of course, it’s over a vamp they both bedded in Renaissance Italy.) The show will be exec produced by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream), so we’re counting on the human to be articulate and pop-culturally proficient and for there to be some image that will make me us pee our pants.

I think this could be the role Somerhalder was born to play. Just look at that smirk face.


P.S. Somerhalder is going to age well…like Rob Lowe well.

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