Liam Neeson starrer to bow Jan. 27, 2012

Open Road Films will release Joe Carnahan’s survival thriller “The Grey” nationwide Jan. 27.

Liam Neeson stars alongside Frank Grillo (“Warrior”), James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Joe Anderson, Dallas Roberts and Nonso Anozie.

Liddell Entertainment produced the pic, which finds Neeson leading a group of oil-rig roughnecks through the remote Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes. Battling injuries, merciless weather and a vicious pack of wolves, the group struggles to survive.

Open Road acquired “The Grey” last month with plans to release it this winter. A January opening still fits the bill, but that means the film won’t be eligible for awards consideration this year.Previous reports had indicated that was a possibility with regard to Neeson’s perf.

Carnahan and Liddell produced the film along with Ridley Scott and Jules Daly, while Tony Scott and Jennifer Hilton exec produced with Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson and Marc Butan of Inferno Entertainment.

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