The Crowded Room - Miniseries


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Unveiling Danny Sullivan's past: The Crowded Room explores a transformative journey.

The Crowded Room is a gripping exploration of Danny Sullivan's life, a young man who finds himself arrested for his involvement in a pivotal shooting incident in 1979 New York City. The series unravels through a series of interviews between Danny and interrogator Rya Goodwin, gradually unveiling the intricacies of his enigmatic past that ultimately led to the fateful event. As Danny introspectively examines his life, he confronts the repercussions of his actions and pivotal moments, embarking on a journey that leads him towards a profound and transformative revelation.

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From the screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind comes a miniseries featuring Tom Holland as a character based on the real-life Campus Rapist

The Crowded Room is an Apple TV+ psychological thriller miniseries from Akiva Goldsman. The series draws its inspiration from Daniel Keyes' nonfiction novel "The Minds of Billy Milligan", published in 1981. The novel explores the remarkable case of Milligan, an individual who made history as the first person in the United States to be acquitted of a major crime by asserting dissociative identity disorder as a defense. While Tom Holland portrays the character of Danny Sullivan in the series, it is loosely based on the experiences and journey of Milligan.

Akiva Goldsman has gained recognition for his notable screenwriting contributions in films like Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code. He achieved an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on A Beautiful Mind in 2001. He is also heavily involved in expanding the Star Trek universe on Paramount+. In The Crowded Room, Goldsman wrote the first four episodes and collaborated with other talented screenwriters for the remaining six. Kornél Mundruczó serves as the director for multiple episodes including the pilot, while the miniseries also boasts the talents of esteemed directors Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet and Alan Taylor.

Tom Holland takes on the lead role of Danny Sullivan in the series, while Zachary Golinger portrays his younger self. Holland is widely recognized for his portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Goldsman expressed that Holland was his first choice and the only actor he approached for the role of Danny. Amanda Seyfried stars as Rya Goodwin, a determined clinical psychologist seeking to uncover the truth behind the event. Emmy Rossum portrays Candy Sullivan, Danny's mother.

The talented ensemble also includes Sasha Lane as Ariana, Danny's closest friend who shares in their quest for retribution. Christopher Abbott portrays Stan, a war veteran and Danny's lawyer dealing with his own traumatic experiences. Emma Laird portrays Isabel, a high school friend who recognizes Danny's potential. The cast further features Will Chase as Marlin Reid, Jason Isaacs as Jack Lamb, Lior Raz as Yitzhak, Henry Eikenberry as Doug, Henry Zaga as Philip, Thomas Sadoski as Matty Dunne, Laila Robins as Susie, Sam Vartholomeos as Mike and newcomer Levon Hawke as Jonny.

Production News

  • 2021-04-08
    • Akiva Goldsman is set to write the script for The Crowded Room which is planned as an adaptation of Daniel Keyes' nonfiction novel, "The Minds of Billy Milligan". The series is exclusively produced for Apple TV+. In addition to writing, Goldsman will also serve as a producer through his company Weed Road. The production brings together a collaborative team including Tom Holland, Alexandra Milchan from EMJAG Productions, as well as Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer from New Regency. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • 2022-02-17
    • Amanda Seyfried is announced as the female lead, starring alongside Tom Holland. Kornél Mundruczó not only serves as the director but also holds the position of executive producer. Suzanne Heathcote joins the team as an executive producer as well, contributing to the creative vision of the series. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2022-02-22
    • Emmy Rossum, Will Chase, Sasha Lane, Christopher Abbott, and Emma Laird have joined the talented cast. Together, they bring their unique skills and performances to enrich the series and captivate audiences with their compelling portrayals. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2022-04-01
    • Principal photography began in New York City. (Source: Teen Vogue)
  • 2023-05-09
    • As the showrunner, writer, and executive producer of the miniseries, Akiva Goldsman made it clear that Tom Holland was the sole actor he had in mind for the role of Danny. Goldsman praised Holland's unwavering commitment to the character, noting his willingness to take on the immense challenges presented by the role. Despite the demanding circumstances of filming for 130 consecutive days in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland's compassionate and captivating performance served as the anchor for the series. Goldsman expressed his enthusiasm for audiences to witness a different side of Holland, believing that his portrayal in the series would reveal his exceptional talent in a fresh and exciting way. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)
  • 2022-05-09
    • Jason Isaacs and Lior Raz have been confirmed as new additions to the cast. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2023-04-03
    • The Crowded Room is scheduled to premiere its first three episodes on June 9, 2023, exclusively on Apple TV+. From the very beginning, viewers will be captivated by the series' compelling storyline. After the initial premiere, subsequent episodes will be released weekly, allowing audiences to stay engaged and immersed in the thrilling journey until July 28. Additionally, first-look images have been released, offering a glimpse into the captivating '70s time period that sets the tone for the series. (Source: Deadline)


JustWatch Rating 84%
IMDB 7.6 (23k)


Drama, Mystery & Thriller, Crime




Tom Holland
Danny Sullivan
Amanda Seyfried
Rya Goodwin
Sasha Lane
Will Chase
Marlin Reid
Lior Raz
Yitzhak Safdie
Emmy Rossum
Candy Sullivan