TrekMovie.com has confirmed that English actor Greg Ellis will appear in the new Star Trek movie in the new role of Chief Engineer Olsen. Ellis is probably best known for his role as a villain for the third season of 24. The 38 year-old Ellis has also appeared in numerous TV series and feature films as well as doing quite a bit of voice work. This will not be his first time with Trek as he appeared in an episode of DS9 and provided voice work for two Trek games.
Born and raised in England, Greg Ellis is an experienced theater, TV, film and voice actor with dozens of credits to his name. In addition to his role as the arms dealer Michael Amador on 24, Ellis has appeared on a number of TV series in the US and the UK, including CSI: Las Vegas, Jake in Progress, The X-Files, and The Division. He was most recently seen as the main villain in the pilot/TV movie for Knight Rider. Trekkies may also recognize him for his role as the Cardasssian Ekoor in the series finale for Deep Space Nine. In addition, the actor appeared in a number of feature films including two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films (as Officer Groves), Titanic, Beowulf and Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Ellis is also an accomplished singer and has done extensive voice work for TV and film animation as well as video games (including "Star Trek: Hidden Evil" and "Star Trek: Invasion").
Ellis in 24, Pirates and DS9
Chief engineer? What about Scotty?
Little is known about Ellis’ role as Chief Engineer except to say that it is a speaking role with multiple scenes. Some may be wondering why Ellis’ Olsen (and not Simon Pegg’s Scotty) is being listed as the Chief Engineer. However it should be remembered that this film is primarily a prequel to The Original Series. TrekMovie.com has already reported that the original crew characters go through their own arcs in Star Trek. For example Kirk (Chris Pine) does not start off as captain. So just like Bruce Greenwood’s Pike is the captain of the Enterprise for part of the film, so, too is Greg Ellis the Chief Engineer.
According to a source, Scotty may appear for part of the film as a civilian. However, it is confirmed with multiple sources that he eventually steps into his iconic role as Chief Engineer of the Enterprise under James T. Kirk. And TrekMovie.com has got one other Scotty report that is a bit strange but here it is…apparently at some point Scotty has a “midget sidekick.” It isn’t clear if this tip has anything to do with the casting call for little people in January. Not really sure what to make of that one, but it is from a reliable source so thought it should be passed along. Maybe a drinking buddy.
Ellis Interview at the Knight Rider Launch Party