Star Trek: Discovery – Michael Dorn turned down a role

Star Trek Discovery cast

While we sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for an official Star Trek: Discovery release date, the show’s cast continues to grow. But one person that isn’t in it is Michael Dorn, the Star Trek legend who played Lt. Worf across Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Apparently, he was offered a role in the show: Dorn was approached to play an ancestor of Worf for the second time, following his cameo in The Undiscovered Country. 

This makes a certain degree of sense, given that Discovery takes place ages before Worf’s debut. It’s set prior to Star Trek: The Original Series. But Dorn turned the role down.

Dorn himself (through a publicist) has told Trek Movie that he had “a couple of conversations with producers [of Discovery] last summer”, but they did not lead to anything, and there are “no plans for him to appear at this time.”

Matt Palm, a writer for the Orlando Sentinel, then sent this info to Trek Movie, claiming it’s an inside scoop which Dorn revealed at a theatre event…

[There] had been interest expressed, but [Dorn] 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.

No official source has backed up Palm’s statement about payment being the issue, but the fact that Dorn was approached and ended up not coming on board seems to be iron clad fact.

One person that has joined the cast recently is Rainn Wilson, of the American version of The Office.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, reporting that Wilson has signed up for a villainous role. He’ll play Harry Mudd (full name Harcourt Fenton Mudd), a charismatic conman that was previously portrayed by Roger C. Carmel in Star Trek: The Original Series

It’s worth remembering at this point that Discovery takes place before The Original Series in the timeline. James Frain is also playing a familiar character from that era: Sarek, Spock’s father.

Speaking of whom, Chris Obi shared this recent photo of the show’s cast waiting for a no doubt glorious group meal, via TrekMovie, to celebrate James Frain’s birthday…

From right to left here you’ve got your Jason Isaacs (the U.S.S. Discovery’s Captain Lorca), Michelle Yeoh (Captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou Georgiou), Chris Obi (Klingon boss T’Kuvma), Sonequa Martin-Green (Lieutenant Commander Rainsford), her husband, the always-fantastic Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru, Science Officer), birthday boy Frain, and Shazad Latif (Kol, protege to T’Kuvma).

Just putting it out there: we are 100% happy to clear our schedules for any future dinner parties. Just FYI, no pressure.

More as we have it.

Star Trek: Discovery release date

No official release date has been set for Discovery. It was originally aiming for January 2017, before being pushed to May, and now CBS reps are saying they’re “flexible” on timings (according to The Hollywood Reporter).

Last month, CBS chief Len Moonves offered an update. Although there is still no date set in stone, he told The Wrap that fans should expect Discovery to arrive in “late summer/early fall […] Probably.”

You’ll find more info on the next few pages…

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