Tom Holland to star in The Crowded Room from Akiva Goldsman
Apple TV+ has ordered The Crowded Room starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and created by Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) as a seasonal anthology. Produced by Apple Studios and New Regency, the project will be spearheaded by Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman who is also set to write and executive produce. Tom Holland recently starred in the global hit Apple Original film Cherry, and will serve as executive producer alongside Goldsman.
The Crowded Room is a gripping anthology series that will explore the true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled and learned to successfully live with mental illness. The anthology’s 10-episode first season is inspired by the award-winning biography “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes. Imagined as a captivating thriller, it tells the story of Billy Milligan (Holland), the first person ever acquitted of a crime because of multiple personality disorder (now known as dissociative identity disorder).
The Crowded Room is a co-production between Apple Studios and New Regency. Goldsman will serve as executive producer through his Weed Road Productions banner. The series will also be executive produced by Alexandra Milchan for EMJAG Productions and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer.
The project was originally set up as a film at New Regency. The project first garnered attention when James Cameron planned to bring it to the screen in 1993 with actor John Cusack attached from an original screenplay written by Todd Graff. Leonardo DiCaprio, who had courted the role for 20 years, was attached to produce and star as recently as 2015.
The series joins a growing lineup of Apple Originals that will be developed and produced by Apple Studios.