In the latest episode of Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast, Michael "Worf" Dorn discusses his role in the big screen adaptation of Castlevania, a movie I had absolutely no idea was in production.
In between discussions about piloting aeroplanes and the challenge of sticking to his vegan diet during film shoots, the actor known for portraying the opera-loving Klingon officer upon Picard's Starship Enterprise revealed that the role he was currently working on was in the movie based on Konami's storied vampire-hunting franchise.
I sat in the parking lot of the Fry's in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday evening, staring at my iPhone's music application. "What Castlevania movie?" I asked myself. Then I went inside and bought a bunch of fun things and promptly forgot I had heard him say it, like an idiot. Thankfully the folks at G4TV reminded me this morning of why I should keep a notepad with me at all times. They heard by way of Polygon, which in turn linked to an interview on StarTrek.com that apparently everyone had missed, so I don't feel as bad. From that interview:
Castlevania is a movie that Marina (Sirtis) got me involved with. It's based on a video game. People have been trying to get this thing done for a long time and they finally got the producers together that want to do it. They finally got the OK from the owners, and so they're doing it. It's a fun little part. It's four days, and I'm playing a werewolf that's been around for a gajillion years who works for this vampire. It's not too far from Worf because there's a lot of killing and jumping and sword fights and everything.
It's pretty amazing that a movie based on Castlevania, a project we'd heard nothing about since 2010, has quietly slipped into filming without anyone knowing it. Surely there are supernatural forces at play.