In “Big Rig,” Hudgens, 33, will play Bertie, a young, strapped-for-cash mother from a small-town in Tennessee, who, along with her husband, Sonny, tries to make ends meet.
Bertie secretly decides to learn how to drive 18-wheelers and hits the open road, traveling across the U.S.
According to the storyline, Bertie gains a new sense of adventure and purpose, and her family life improves — but as she makes new friends and racks up miles, she finds it harder to return home as her relationship with her husband starts to break down. Caught between her love of the road and her love for her family, Bertie will have to decide where her heart really lies.
The movie, which is currently in preproduction, will be shot later this year. The screenplay from Ryan Binaco will be directed by Martha Stephens. It is being produced by Claude Dal Farra and Brian Keady along with Kelsey Law. Hudgens is also serving as an executive producer. Mister Smith Entertainment will launch the film for global sales in the upcoming Cannes Market.
Hudgens is known for her roles in “High School Musical,” “Dog Days,” “The Knight Before Christmas,” “Second Act,” “Bad Boys for Life,” “The Princess Switch” series and, most recently, “Tick, Tick…Boom!”
Stephens’ film “To the Stars” was nominated for the 2019 grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her 2014 film, “Land Ho!” was nominated for the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival and acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, and went on to win the John Cassavetes Award at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards that year.
Writer Binaco wrote the screenplay for BCDF Pictures’ “To Leslie,” which debuted at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival in March.
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