Could a feature film provide the momentum necessary to fully launch cryptocurrencies into the mainstream? That may not be the goal of "Crypto," a forthcoming thriller starring Kurt Russell and Alexis Bledel, but it could be an unintended repercussion. According to the producers of the film, the "overall message of the movie is positive" in spite of its focus on crime and corruption, per Bitcoin.com.

The report suggests that the movie, expected to be released in 2019, "tells a classic crime thriller set against the backdrop of shady cryptocurrency dealings." The film is reportedly about a young anti-money-laundering agent in a remote New York town who aims to untangle a web of corruption and fraud involving digital tokens.

Producers Speak Out

"Crypto"'s producers, Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions, readily admit that they do not consider themselves to be "experts in actual real-life cryptocurrency." Levine added that, while both of the producers have "dabbled" in cryptocurrency investments, "it was really our writers who fleshed out the topic and dove into the research. They were the ones who really became experts to make sure the film was authentic."

All of this is to say that, while the film may be gripping for thriller fans, it may leave some cryptocurrency fans unsatisfied. Levine suggests that the film "doesn't particularly focus on any particular coin ... [but] the overall message of the movie is positive, even if [it] does focus on crime, corruption and cryptocurrency."

Levine remarked that he and Beckerman "hope that cryptocurrency is here to stay." With a mainstream film with big-name stars attached in the works, Yale Productions may play a role in demystifying cryptocurrency for the average investor. On the other hand, a film designed to be engaging and entertaining is not likely to focus on the day-to-day minutiae of life as a participant in the cryptocurrency world.

Besides Russell and Bledel, the film also stars Beau Knapp, Luke Hemsworth, Jeremie Harris and Vincent Kartheiser. "Crypto" was first reported on in June of this year, and no official release date is available as of this time.

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