Hollywood is bringing Bitcoin to the big screen


Hollywood has finally caught up with the latest tech trends. A Bitcoin movie is on the way, and naturally, it’s titled Crypto.

Crypto is a money laundering thriller starring Alexis Bledel (of Gilmore Girls and The Handmaid’s Tale fame), Kurt Russell, and Beau Knapp. Hacking, internet security and crime, and digital security have been hot topics in Hollywood movies over the years, but this will be one of the first to feature cryptocurrency specifically as a key thematic element.

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,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. Knapp’s character becomes entrenched “in a dangerous underworld populated by a mysterious art dealer (Bledel), a crypto-currency enthusiast turned cyber-sleuth (Jeremie Harris) and a corrupt accountant.”

The film is supposedly in the vein of other flicks such as The Firm and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo—which is a pretty high bar.

Yale Levine, one of the film’s producers, told THR that “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.”

Hopefully, it will fare better than the world’s first crypto-centric movie, Bitcoin Heist. This 2017 Vietnamese-language thriller scored a mere 20 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, there is also another cryptocurrency-related movie in the works as well: the Coen’ brothers’ film about Silk Road called Dark Web. First announced in 2016, it’s reportedly still in development.

If these movies capture as much of the public’s imagination as much as crypto has among tech aficionados, we’re in for a lot more Bitcoin-related movie fodder in the future.

H/T the Next Web

Christina Bonnington

Christina Bonnington

Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.