Writer-director Alec Griffen Roth has found his Billy Knight.
Al Pacino is set to star in Roth’s feature debut, Billy Knightand star alongside Charlie Heaton and Diana Silvers in the project which he describes as “a love letter to cinema”.
The plot follows graduate school students Alex (Heaton) and Emily (Silvers) as they navigate their careers as budding filmmakers. Alex is simultaneously grappling with the grief of losing his father, a failed screenwriter, who left him a box of unfinished screenplays and a handkerchief with the name “Billy Knight” embroidered on it. Consumed by the desire to discover his identity, Alex embarks on a Hollywood adventure to track down this mysterious and reclusive Billy Knight, played by Pacino.
Billy Knight is produced by Autumn Bailey-Ford and Cameron Burnett of Prominent Prods., Sevier Crespo and Amanda Kiely. Executive producers are Sarah Sarandos, Josh Clayton, Kirk Martin and Peter Bortel of Our World Films. Production begins this week in Los Angeles with CAA picking up the film rights.
“Billy Knight is a love letter to cinema, a fantasy rooted in the history of this great art. It’s also the story of two struggling artists, an introspective struggle of a young man trying to find his voice and discover what’s important in life,” Roth said in a statement. “Having the incomparable Al Pacino and the incredible talents Charlie Heaton and Diana Silvers in the film is a dream come true.”
Burnett adds:Billy Knight pays tribute to the great artists and craftsmen who created this engine of creativity we call Hollywood. We launched Prominent Prods. with a mission to discover artists of our generation like Ale, and help amplify their unique visions. We couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on this journey with such an incredible cast and crew.
Pacino, replaced by CAA, recently starred in Ridley Scott’s Gucci House. Heaton, best known for his work in stranger thingsis replaced by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and the law firm Sloan Offer.
Silvers is replaced by WME, Entertainment 360 and Jackoway, Austen. Model turned actress, she made a splash in Library and has since been seen in Mom, Ava and space force.
Roth is independently replaced by Keyun “Country” Parker who helps produce the film.