Bitcoin-Inspired Crypto Film Lures Big Names To New York

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Symbolic of how far the topics of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC), and blockchain technology have seeped into the public psyche, a number of notable blockbuster names have agreed to feature in Crypto, an aptly-titled independent film about cryptocurrencies.

Per reports coming out of The Hollywood Reporter, Crypto is set to include some of the acting industry’s most familiar faces, including Kurt Russell [Hateful Eight, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2], Alexis Bledel [Gilmore Girls, Handmaid’s Tale], Beau Knapp [Seven Seconds], Vincent Kartheiser [Mad Men], and Luke Hemsworth [Westworld]. The latter, of course, is the oldest of the three Hemsworth brothers, with Chris best known for portraying the Marvel character ‘Thor’, and Liam, for The Hunger Games series.

The indie film will focus on a young anti-money laundering agent (played by Knapp) who is tasked with investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud. Before too long, he finds himself entrenched in an unsafe, online black marketplace widespread with cryptocurrency usage. Directing Crypto, which is currently shooting in New York, is John Stalberg Jr.

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 (Producer)

News of Crypto is certainly representative of a significant cultural milestone for the largely misunderstood space. It comes after months of pop culture having slowly embraced the complex, tech-heavy concept of cryptographic coins and tokens.

Indeed, in recent times, popular television shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, House of Cards, Big Bang Theory, and Silicon Valley have done their best to explore the cryptosphere in numerous ways.

Additionally, last month’s Cannes Film Festival saw the full-length documentary Beyond Bitcoin be acquired for a seven-figure sum.

There is no shortage of passion-driven projects available, too. The latest of these came via Brit Cruise’s Art of the Problem YouTube channel, which recently uploaded The Trust Machine: The Story of Bitcoin (24min 13sec).

Further, the KevCoin: The Movie mockumentary is set for its premiering in less than two weeks.

And to think, these are just some of the crypto-inspired films and documentaries that currently exist. Then, of course, there are the accelerating amount of celebrity endorsements, charitable donations, ready-to-use payment applications for retailers, books and other media; all working to help cryptocurrency establish a long-lasting cultural relevancy.

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