Emma Roberts, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Siff & Behzad Dabu To Star In Alice Roosevelt Scripted Podcast For Audible From Believe Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: The story of Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s unconventional and strong-willed daughter, is being turned into a scripted podcast.
Emma Roberts, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Siff and Behzad Dabu are starring in Crowded Hours: The True Story of Alice Roosevelt and America’s First Political Dynasty.
Roberts (American Horror Story) is to star as Alice Roosevelt in the series, which has been ordered by Audible, and comes from Believe Entertainment Group, the company behind Kobe Bryant animated short film Dear Basketball.
Goldwyn (Oppenheimer) plays Theodore Roosevelt, Siff (Billions) stars as Edith Carow Roosevelt, Alice’s stepmother and Dabu (How to Get Away with Murder) is Alice’s future husband, Nick Longworth. It is the story of the fierce tribalism and savage rivalry that defined the complicated Roosevelt family.
It spans the early years of Alice’s adolescence into young adulthood, along with her brother Ted Jr. and contemporaries Eleanor and Franklin (Alice’s fifth cousin) as the family is unexpectedly thrust into the White House following the assassination of President McKinley. As Theodore grapples with the challenges of having inherited the most powerful office in the world, navigating the building of the Panama Canal and negotiating world peace between Russia and Japan, Alice must learn to navigate friendships, romances, an overbearing stepmother and, most agonizing of all, a father whose love and devotion to his country leaves no time for the one person who needs it most.
The ten-part series, which launches on November 9, was created and written by Judy Becker and directed by Kimberly Senior.
It marks the first scripted podcast series from Believe Entertainment Group, which is backed by UK’s ITV and Atlanta’s Trilith Studios.
It is exec produced by Roberts, Believe co-founder Dan Goodman, Brian Hunt, William H. Masterson III and David Sweeney.
“Alice Roosevelt was a true force of nature. Though known for smoking, gambling, and a scandalous love affair with the press, she was such a remarkable woman that had she been born in another time, she may very well have been the president herself. It makes her a highly relatable entry point into this otherwise spectacular world,” said Goodman. “What’s so compelling about this story is its relevance to our present day, reflecting how much of our world is at once wholly changed from Alice’s yet still grappling with many of the same social, racial and economic issues that so plagued the Roosevelt presidency.”