It’s my desert, you’re just visiting. Production has commenced on ‘Highway,’ the second directorial effort from Irish actress-turned-director Alexandra McGuinness.

The follow-up to McGuinness’ critically acclaimed debut ‘Lotus Eater,’ the film stars Lucy Fry (‘Bright,’ ‘The Preppie Connection’) as a small-town diner waitress named Heidi. When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, finding more than she bargained for along the way when she begins to dig up secrets and is thrust into the violence of life on the road.

Eiza González (‘Baby Driver’), Josh Hartnett (‘Penny Dreadful’), Antonia Campbell Hughes (‘The Canal’), Christian Camargo (‘Dexter’), Christopher Jordan Wallace (‘Everything Must Go’), and Sheila Vand (‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’) co-star.

Anna O’Malley, Dominic Wright and Eamonn Cleary are on board to produce the thriller, with financing by the Irish Film Board, GCI Film and the Paris-based finance house Cofiloisirs.

Filming is taking place in Albuquerque and Moriarty, New Mexico with Dublin’s EGG handing post-production.