Famous Actor Johnny Depp Could Play Crypto Billionaires Upcoming Biopic


Popular artist Johnny Depp of the famous Caribbean Edward Scissorhands and Pirates is allegedly associated with an upcoming film that could be a biopic of Matthew Mellon—the late crypto billionaire.

Unconfirmed reports, as reported by the Mail Online, revealed that Depp is seemingly interested in taking up the role adding, “There is a screenplay being shopped.”

Background

A former crypto billionaire, Mellon had his roots in the family of Judge Thomas Mellon, who founded the Mellon Bank. In the late 19th century, Mellon bank was the largest financial institution outside of Wall Street. Currently, it’s a constituent of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

In May 2011, the State Chairman Ed Cox named Mellon the Finance Chairman, a step that saw his crypto investment grow significantly in a period of five years. Considered his first-ever real business breakthrough, Mellon’s initial investment of $2 million worth of Ripple (XRP) grew to a one-billion-dollar fortune in 2015.

Life Took A New Dimension

Mellon joined the high fliers and socialites clubs in Manhattan and London until he passed on in Mexico in April 2018, just when he was about to check into a rehab. The former crypto merchant suffered a deadly heart attack after taking an herbal concoction ayahuasca. The hallucinogenic drink is prepared from roots and vine; It’s popular among the indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon basin region, who use it as a traditional medicine in ceremonies.

Months before his death, Mellon struggled with acute addiction in which he used to spend up to $100,000 every month in prescription.

Family Life

Mellon got a wife from another banking dynasty. He met the British woman, Tamara, at a Narcotics Anonymous meet-up. This led to his quick association with London high fliers like Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley. Mellon’s first wife was the founder of the flourishing shoe company, Jimmy Choo.

After divorcing his second wife Nicole Hanley in 2015, Mellon proceeded to date “Kick” Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F Kennedy Jr. It was at the termination of this marriage that the former crypto billionaire went through his digital currency phase.

A Crypto Enthusiast

“Matthew was very interested in the idea of the blockchain and what Bitcoin could be very early on….He didn’t understand the underlying 0s and 1s of the technology but understood that the technology could make things cheaper, faster, more efficient,”

stated David Marshack, a former advisor to Coin.co.

“He risked everything on it and toward the end of last year, it exploded and made him an awful lot of money….it made a bunch of people second-guess their early criticisms.”

As things stand now, the family of the banking successor reportedly harbors different opinions concerning the life of Mellon appearing on the big screen. According to an undisclosed source, some of the family members “are horrified by the idea… The last thing they want is the Mellon legacy portrayed on-screen.”

All the same, the role would definitely give Depp sufficient material if the film reaches its production stage.

According to one Mellon’s friend,

“This may be fulfilling a dream of Matthew’s. He would have loved this idea…. He used to say, how cool would it be to have a movie about my crazy life?”

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