Al Pacino is ready to star billy knightan independent drama that will mark the feature film debut of writer-director Alec Griffen Roth. Strange things star Charlie Heaton and Diana Silvers (Space Force, Booksmart) will also headline the film, which begins shooting this week in Los Angeles.
Autumn Bailey-Ford and Cameron Burnett of Prominent Productions are producing with Sevier Crespo and Amanda Kiely, with Sarah Sarandos, Josh Clayton, Kirk Martin and Peter Bortel serving as executive producers.
The plot follows graduate students Alex (Heaton) and Emily (Silvers) as they navigate their aspiring careers as filmmakers. Alex is also dealing with the pain of losing his father, a failed screenwriter. The only thing his father left him was a box of unfinished scripts and a handkerchief with the name “Billy Knight” embroidered on it. Alex embarks on a magical Hollywood adventure to track down Billy Knight as he navigates the line between fiction and reality.
CAA is representing the film.
“Billy Knight is a love letter to cinema, a fantasy steeped in the history of this great art form,” said Roth. “It is also the story of two struggling artists, an introspective struggle of a young man trying to find his voice and discover what is important in life. Having the incomparable Al Pacino and the incredible talents of Charlie Heaton and Diana Silvers in the film is a dream come true.”
Oscar winner Pacino, who recently appeared on the screen in Ridley Scott’s film house of gucci, is represented by CAA. Heaton is represented by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloan Offer. Silvers is represented by WME, Entertainment 360 and Jackoway Austen.