Entertainment news site SciFi Pulse reported what seemed like an exciting development from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine actor Michael Dorn today – that the former Klingon would return to the Trek fold as an ancestor of Worf in this year’s Star Trek: Discovery series:

Dorn [said] that Trek fans would in fact get to see him appear as a guest star in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, as a Klingon ancestor of Lt. Commander Worf.

Well, after sparking some attention on social media this afternoon, it turns out that report isn’t accurate: TrekCore confirmed with Dorn’s publicist this evening that a statement made by the actor at a public event held in Orlando this weekend had been misquoted, and there are no current plans for Dorn to appear in the series.

While Dorn appears to be out of the running, fans have continued to speculate whether any former Star Trek cast member will appear in Discovery‘s pilot episode, continuing the now-ongoing tradition carried through the four previous spin-off series.

The Next Generation bridged the divide with possible Original Series hold-outs when DeForest Kelley appeared as Admiral McCoy in “Encounter at Farpoint,” and each successive series launch included a similar crossover role.

Patrick Stewart appeared as Captain Picard (and Locutus of Borg) in Deep Space Nine’s “Emissary,” Quark (Armin Shimerman) tried to swindle young Harry Kim in Voyager‘s “Caretaker,” and Star Trek: First Contact star James Cromwell appeared in an archival video as the father of warp drive – Zefram Cochrane – in “Broken Bow,” the pilot of Star Trek: Enterprise.

As of yet there’s been no indication of any crossover appearance planned, but our hope is that tradition continues in some form when Star Trek: Discovery arrives this fall.

  • M33

    I can only imagine that given a series that is set in the TOS-era, there will have to be some crossovers, even if it is just character-crossovers like the ones we know of.

    Why set the series in that era and its trappings and not use them?

    • Fctiger

      Hoping its someone from Enterprise. Everyone seems to want T’Pol being naturally suited age wise. I would be happy with Phlox or even an aged Archer.

      • Josh Heinrichs

        With Discovery being set 10 years before TOS, I think it’s highly likely we get a cameo from someone from Enterprise. Besides, Scott Bakula is currently on NCIS so it would be really easy for him do something recorded.

        • Tuskin38

          I don’t recall if this was in the bio seen on screen or an unused part of it, but Archer’s Bio in the Mirror Universe episodes said he died the day the NCC-1701 launched, which would be before Discovery is set.

          I guess it could be a pre-recorded message.

          T’Pol would be around 160 years old by the time of Season 1 of DSC, could be possible. Her older self in E² was 180~ and was still alive.

          • Muzer

            I now have a rather amusing image of him as a curmudgeonly admiral insisting that no other ship be called Enterprise, and literally the day he dies Starfleet are finally able to use the name again 😉

          • Anya Moore

            Or the exact opposite. He keeps fighting to get a new ship named Enterprise, and refuses to die until Starfleet finally launches 1701.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    I like Michael Dorn.
    I like Worf.
    But thank GOD this is not happening.

    It would make much more sense for a heavily made up character from Enterprise or recast character from TOS to appear on the show. I was fine with Dorn appearing as Colonel Worf in Trek VI but either de-aging him or having him play another character who looks and sounds like Commander Worf? Please.

  • Fiery Little One

    I could see somebody from ENT showing up. If nothing else they would fit, granted most of them would be retired from active service but it would work better than another ancestor that just happens to look like a character from a later set series.

    • TrekRules

      And it makes the best sense as usually the person appearing was from the previous series(until Enterprise obviously) so Enterprise is the logical choice. A certain Vulcan would probably make the most sense but you never know, could see someone else.

      • Fiery Little One

        If they went with her, it would depend on if they could talk her into a cameo. I’m not going to dismiss the idea though.

  • prometheus59650

    Supremely glad to hear it.

  • SpaceCadet

    Let’s get someone from TOS cast to appear while they’re still alive!!!

  • Robert Anthony

    Perhaps Jonathan Frakes should appear, just to continue his streak of being seen on every series since TNG.

  • Vger64

    I’m all for some one from ENT doing a cameo:)

  • Snap

    If it were to happen, I wouldn’t be against it. The show will most likely take many liberties with how it fits into the overall timeline (if it even adheres to an established timeline and not something similar, yet separate) so having nods to other series wouldn’t be a problem. as far as I’m concerned.

  • GoingMad

    Dorn is great, but it’s probably for the best if he isn’t in it. Save him for a series that isn’t doomed from the start, if there is ever another show after Discovery.

  • mr joyce

    a porthos clone would be great! ( or t’pol )

  • Pedro Ferreira

    Apparently he requested a certain salary to appear but CBS said no.