This came in just at the nick of time. The Grey has finally rounded out the rest of its cast, giving Liam Neeson (the only star attached to it for some time now) people to work with. Production begins next week, so it really came down to the wire. Joining him is Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson. Though some of these names aren’t immediately recognizable, I guarantee that you’ve seen each actor in something (at least). Both Badge Dale and Robert worked on AMC’s dearly departed series Rubicon while Anderson was most recently seen in The Crazies. The benefit of filling the film with under-the-radar actors is a budget-conscious decision and also ensures that quite a few of their characters won’t make it to the end of the picture.
The Grey follows Neeson as the leader of a group of oil rig workers whose plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness. Freezing cold temperatures in the remote wilderness would be bad enough, but they land right in the middle of a pack of hungry wolves. Uh-oh. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) will direct the survival tale from a script he wrote with Ian Jaffers (Death Sentence).