No actor has clocked more Star Trek screen time than Michael Dorn, and on Monday he used his Twitter account to hint there may be more Worf in his future. TrekMovie hasn’t been able to confirm what it’s all about, but we have eliminated two big possibilities.
Dorn has been summoned… but to what?
On Monday afternoon, Michael Dorn tweeted, “Just got the news, being summoned back into action. Starfleet calls.” This cryptic tweet garnered thousands of likes and retweets and hundreds of comments within an hour.
Just got the news, being summoned back into action. Starfleet calls. #ad
— Michael Dorn (@akaWorf) April 19, 2021
Michael Dorn played the Klingon, Worf, in seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and four seasons of Deep Space Nine, along with all four TNG feature films. He also played his own ancestor in the final TOS movie, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Even with all that Star Trek and countless hours in the makeup chair, Mr. Dorn has made it clear he is ready to return to the role. For years he has been pitching an idea for a new series focused on Worf set in the Klingon Empire. He spoke to TrekMovie about this pitch earlier this year.
So is it time to break out the blood wine for the return of Mr. Worf?
UPDATED: Not for Paramount+ Streaming
While Dorn’s tweet about being summoned back into action by Starfleet could be seen as a hint related to his Captain Worf show, or possibly one of the three live-action or two animated Star Trek series currently in development, it appears that isn’t the case. TrekMovie has confirmed with sources that whatever this is, it isn’t related to a Paramount+ Star Trek project. [A spokesperson for Paramount+ has since confirmed our original report.]
UPDATED: Not Paramount Pictures either
Of course, Paramount Pictures just announced a new Star Trek movie for 2023, however, that film is being described as “top secret,” so having an actor tease out their role on Twitter doesn’t exactly fit producer J.J. Abrams mystery box style. And a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures has confirmed they are not behind this new tease from Mr. Dorn.
But what could it be?
There is also the issue of the “#ad” hashtag included in Dorn’s tweet. Usually “ad” or “#ad” is used for social media posts that are sponsored, to show full transparency that the poster is being financially compensated. There are actual FTC guidelines for sponsored posts. However, those are usually for posts that mention a specific product, which this obviously does not. However, it still feels like Dorn’s tweet is related to some kind of promotion.
One possibility would be for this to be related to a licensed Star Trek product, including current (or possibly upcoming) Star Trek games. Both the Star Trek Online console and PC game and the Star Trek: Fleet Command mobile game regularly bring on high-profile Star Trek stars to voice their characters, as well as for promotions.
TrekMovie will monitor the situation and provide any updates on the Dorn summoning news.