Tom Holland, the actor best known for his film Spider-Man: Homecoming, will be seen in Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s series on mental health, Apple TV announced on Wednesday. Titled The Crowded Room, the first season of the anthology series is based on the biography The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes.
Goldsman won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for the best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe. While Goldsman will be creating the first instalment, he will also be the first season’s executive producer along with Holland.
“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,” Apple TV’s synopsis said.
“The anthology’s 10-episode first season is a captivating thriller, inspired by the award-winning biography The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes. 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 statement said.
The series 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.
Holland was earlier seen in the film Cherry, which released in February. Directed and co-produced by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the film was digitally premiered on Apple TV on March 12. The film is based on a couple (Cherry, played by Holland and Emily by Ciara Bravo) and revolves around Cherry coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the couple’s journey through opioid addiction.
The Russo brothers, known for directing four films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, worked with Holland on Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Holland will also be seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Uncharted.