Al Pacino will headline Billy Knight, a Alec Griffen Roth directed feature described by Roth as “a love letter to cinema”.
Per THR, the plot follows grad school students, Alex (Charlie Heaton) and Emily (Diana Silvers), as they navigate their careers as aspiring filmmakers. Alex is simultaneously grappling with the grief of losing his father, a failed screenwriter, who left him a box of unfinished scripts and a handkerchief with the name “Billy Knight” embroidered on it. Consumed with 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 a love letter to cinema, a fantasy steeped in the history of this great artform. It’s also the tale of two struggling artists, an introspective struggle of a young man trying to find his voice and discovering 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.”
Pacino most recently appeared in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci.