Hollywood star Kurt Russell is one of a number of performers set to star in an upcoming indie film about cryptocurrencies.
The film, entitled Crypto, will feature Russell as well as Alexis Bledel, Jeremie Harris and Luke Hemsworth, among others. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the film focuses on a young anti-money laundering agent, played by Beau Knapp, who returns to his hometown in New York to investigate a case of corruption and fraud. Russell is playing the father of Knapp's character, according to press materials.
Crypto's producers are calling it "a thriller in the vein of The Firm and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" – but with a decidedly cryptocurrency-focused twist. The film was written by Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio.
"Cryptocurrency has captured the attention and imagination of consumers and entrepreneurs all over the world but has never been explored in film in such a nuanced and exciting way," Jordan Yale Levine, one of the producers for Crypto, was quoted as saying.
The independent film is currently shooting in New York with a release date not yet announced.
Crypto may be one of the most high-profile films to date to center on the world of cryptocurrencies. Last year, it was reported that the Coen brothers – the filmmakers behind movies like The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men – were working on a movie about the Silk Road, the now-defunct dark market that used bitcoin as its central currency.
Yet Crypto is far from the first movie to hone in on a cryptocurrency theme. One of the more notable – and, at the same time, unusual – forays in this area was Bitcoin Heist, a Vietnamese movie that involved an international, high-stakes manhunt.
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