Leonardo DiCaprio to star in The Crowded Room
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in The Crowded Room, a project he first expressed interest in back in 1997.
Based on the book “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes, the film will tell Milligan’s story, including his court trial in the late 1970s in Ohio after being charged with robbery and raping three women on the Ohio State University campus. In the preparation of his defense, he was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Pleading insanity, he and his lawyers contended that two of his alternate personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge. He was the first to use this defense, and the first to be acquitted for this reason. Milligan’s various personalities included Adalana, a lesbian taking responsibility for the rapes; Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robbery; and Arthur, an uptight Englishman.
Jason Smilovic (“Lucky Number Slevin”) and Todd Katzberg will write a new script.
New Regency Productions is producing with Appian Way Productions.