UPDATE: More confirmation, Dorn did not say he was in Discovery
Even after TrekMovie debunked the original story about Michael Dorn appearing in Star Trek: Discovery some (including the author of the original article in question) are still holding on to the notion that Dorn did say he was on the new series and is only now changing his tune. TrekMovie has now spoken to multiple attendees of Sunday’s “Evening with Michael Dorn” event and all report the same thing, backing up Dorn’s statement that he was being misquoted. One of those we reached out to was Matt Palm, the theater critic and arts writer for the Orlando Sentinel. His article this from morning about the event made no mention of Discovery, but when TrekMovie reached out to him he said (via email):
I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Mr. Dorn did not say he was going to be on the new Star Trek show. In fact, he went to great lengths explaining why he would not be on the new show – that there had been interest expressed, but he was not offered enough money. He said they had offered him less than 1 percent of what he made in his last contract as Worf.
This account is consistent with other attendees who have spoken to TrekMovie about the event and is consistent with the statement Mr. Dorn provided via his publicist (below).
Last night Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine actor Michael Dorn appeared at an “Evening With Michael Dorn” event at the Orland Shakespeare Theater in Florida, where he is also performing this month in Antony and Cleopatra. A website covering the event posted an article today reporting that Dorn told the crowd he had a role as an ancestor to his character Worf in the upcoming CBS All Access TV series Star Trek: Discovery, which is set a century before TNG and DS9.
This report about Dorn getting all Klingon again for Star Trek: Discovery has already been picked up by some other sites and is the current #1 story at r/startrek on Reddit. Unfortunately it isn’t true.
Dorn confirms there were talks, but no role in Star Trek: Discovery
TrekMovie reached out to Mr. Dorn today and it appears that the website got the story wrong. Through his publicist Mr. Dorn tells us he was being misquoted. The actor confirms that there were “a couple of conversations with producers last summer” about a possible Star Trek: Discovery role. Those discussions lasted a couple of weeks, however they never led anywhere and there are “no plans for him to appear at this time” on Star Trek: Discovery.
Of course Dorn has already played a 23rd century ancestor to his 24th century Mr. Worf before. The actor had a cameo in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country where he played a “Colonel Worf,” who was the advocate for Kirk and McCoy for their Klingon trial.
Michael Dorn is Mark Antony
If you want to see Dorn in something, check him out in Antony and Cleopatra at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater all month long.
As always, stay tuned to TrekMovie.com for all the news on Star Trek: Discovery.