Star and director linked to indie road movie.

Aaron Magnani’s production banner Water Bear/Aaron Magnani Productions has announced that it has set Michael Polish (‘For Lovers Only,’ ‘Northfork,’ ‘Twin Falls Idaho’) as the director of the indie road movie ‘18 Wheel Butterfly.’

Evan Rachel Wood (‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’) is in talks for the lead character, “Rainbeaux,” an adorable gear-grindin’ female trucker who is accused of a crime that she did not commit and must outrace the law, brother truckers, feds and bounty hunters in the in the Texas bubble gum, redneck chic summer of 1977.

Penned by Christian Divine (‘Deus Ex’), the project has been described a throwback to ‘Smokey & The Bandit,’ ‘Convoy,’ ‘Sugerland Express,’ and ‘Thelma & Louise.’