According to a Hollywood Reporter, ‘Crypto’ will focus on laundering of virtual assets and see star roles from the cast of popular US series, including Westworld and Mad Men.
According to Cointelegraph, Beau Knapp, the star of Netflix’s recently canceled series Seven Seconds, will star alongside Alexis Bledel who starred in Gilmore Girls, Kurt Russell of The Hateful Eight, Luke Hemsworth of Westworld, Jeremie Harris of Legion and Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men in the money laundering thriller. Co-producer Jordan Levine explained:
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,
Crypto centers on a young anti-money laundering agent (Knapp) tasked with investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud in his remote New York hometown, where his father (Russell) and brother (Hemsworth) are struggling to maintain their family farm in a changing economic landscape. The agent quickly finds himself caught in a dangerous underworld populated by a mysterious art dealer (Bledel), a cryptocurrency enthusiast turned cyber-sleuth (Harris) and a corrupt accountant doing the bidding of ruthless clients (Kartheiser).
The film marks the sophomore feature for director Stalberg — whose debut, High School, starring Adrien Brody and Colin Hanks, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly gained a cult following upon its theatrical release. Eubank and Frigerio previously collaborated as co-writers of the sci-fi thriller The Signal, in which Knapp starred. That film premiered at Sundance and was distributed by Focus Features.
“I am overjoyed to be working with such an incredible cast to bring this timely, thrilling story to life,” said Stalberg. “Beau is incredibly talented, and seeing him bring this character to life opposite talent like Alexis, Kurt, Luke, Jeremie and Vincent has been a dream come true.”
The cryptocurrency industry has seen representation in movie productions closer to home, in the form of documentaries such as ‘The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin’ and ‘Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It,’ an earlier release from 2014 which raised money via Kickstarter.
Earlier this week, the topic of art and cryptocurrency curiously crossed paths outside entertainment, when Terence Eden criticized blockchain startup Verisart for allowing him to give the impression he had painted the Mona Lisa.
Bitcoin core developer Peter Todd subsequently defended the company, saying Eden had misunderstood its premise.
Bledel, who won an Emmy for playing Ofglen in the Handmaid’s Tale, is handled by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Jackoway, Tyerman. Crypto marks a reteaming for her and her real-life husband, Kartheiser (They met on the set of Mad Men). He is represented by Paradigm and Untitled.
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