[Update: Check out a new minute-long trailer for The Grey!]

Liam Neeson (re-)joins forces with his A-Team director Joe Carnahan, for The Grey, a short story-based project (co-written by Carnahan) that pits a pack of burly oil rig workers against every obstacle Mother Nature can throw their way – including, destructive winds that cause their personal jet to crash, freezing Alaskan weather, dangerous and remote winter landscapes, and a pack of wild wolves who wouldn’t be out of place in a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

A new 90-second TV spot/trailer has been unveiled for The Grey – one that doesn’t feature a whole lot in the way of new footage, but does include a bit more expository dialogue that provides some additional insight in the film’s (admittedly, pretty basic) plot.

Here is the official lowdown on the movie’s narrative and primary cast:

In ‘The Grey’, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.

‘The Grey’ also features Frank Grillo (Warrior), Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt), Dallas Roberts (3:10 To Yuma), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe), James Badge Dale (upcoming World War Z, HBO’s The Pacific), and Nonso Anozie (Conan The Barbarian).

Now check out the minute-long trailer and extended TV spot for The Grey below:

Neeson looks to deliver a powerhouse performance as Ottway, the rugged leader of the stranded survivors in The Grey – and a man who is comforted (haunted?) by memories of his deceased (?) wife. While the film’s cast as a whole is pretty strong, Carnahan’s new project appears to serve foremost as a showcase for Neeson’s dramatic and physical acting chops, as partly evidenced by the now-iconic scene teased here and in previous trailers, ie. when his character ties shattered bottles to his knuckles and faces off against a blood-thirsty wolf.

On that note: the wolves in The Grey do seem a bit out of place (re: over-the-top) tonally with the rest of the movie, which looks to overall be a very grisly and down n’ dirty thriller, full of grounded action sequences and set pieces that take advantage of the actual Alaskan forestry. Still, these sorts of man vs. nature stories (see: Moby Dick, Jaws, etc.) are never focused on realistic portrayals of animal behavior; they’re always exaggerated for theatrical effect. So long as everyone keeps that in mind, that aspect of the film shouldn’t prove to be a distraction for most people.

The Grey will hit theaters around the U.S. on January 27th, 2012.

Source: AMC Theaters