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Johnny Depp May Star in a Biopic of Cryptocurrency Billionaire Matthew Mellon

The cryptocurrency billionaire died in April at age 54.
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Matthew Mellon led a fast-paced life of privilege before his unexpected death in April at age 54, and now actor Johnny Depp is reportedly considering playing the banking heir in a potential film about his life.

The New York Post reports that Mellon's family is "divided over the project," which is in early stages as "a screenplay being shopped."

Mellon descended from the Mellon and Drexel families of Bank of New York Mellon and Drexel Burnham Lambert and reportedly came into trusts worth $25 million when he was just 21 years old. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked in fashion, telecommunications, and finance, most recently as global ambassador for the digital currency company Ripple Labs.


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Nicole Hanley Mellon and Matthew Mellon pose with their son, Force, in September 2014.

Cryptocurrency is how he turned his millions into a fortune that's been valued at more than $1 billion, thanks in part to a savvy early investment in Bitcoin recommended to him by the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler.

He was also married twice—first to Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon and then to designer Nicole Hanley Mellon until mid-2015.

Mellon, who once served as the chairman of the finance committee of the Republican Party in New York, was also known for his hard-partying ways. At one point, he told the Post in 2016, he was "spending $100,000 a month and taking about 80 [OxyContin] pills a day."


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Tamara Mellon and Matthew Mellon in 2006

Last year, he "searched online for the most expensive rental house in Los Angeles and booked a futuristic looking home in the Hollywood Hills for $150,000 a month," according to Forbes. He also hired a security detail and began traveling in "an armored car that resembled a tank."

But his addiction battle continued; he was due to check into a rehabilitation facility in Cancun on Monday, April 16, but he died early that morning.

One source told the Post that if the film comes to fruition it could fulfill 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?'"

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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