The upcoming film "Mothertrucker" is rolling forward with some big talent. Julianne Moore is set to star, and the movie will be written and directed by Jill Soloway, Deadline reports. It comes from the studio Makeready, with Focus Features set to distribute.
The project is an adaptation of a memoir by essayist Amy Butcher that is due out in 2022. It centers on Butcher's friendship with Joy Wiebe, once the sole female ice road trucker in the United States as well as an Instagram celebrity. Butcher met Wiebe by chance and joined her on a journey that took them on the deadliest road in America. Sadly, Wiebe died in a tanker accident in 2018, as the Anchorage Daily News reported at the time.
Moore will play Wiebe in the film, and the studio is still looking for the actress who will star as Butcher. Makeready reportedly plans to land another well-known star. The pick will have to hold her own against Moore, an Academy Award winner for her role in "Still Alice." More recently, Moore has starred in "After the Wedding" and "Bel Canto."
Meanwhile, Soloway has been tasked with writing the script, in addition to directing and producing. The "Transparent" creator is "honored to tell this deeply resonant story about two women finding meaning and strength as they face an epic challenge in one of the most punishing and beautiful landscapes on the planet."
Soloway and Andrea Sperling will produce via Topple Productions, and Moore serves as a producer through Fortysix Productions. Additionally, Bart Freundlich and Makeready's Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will serve as executive producers.