The NFT space has seen an unending wave of celebrity crypto art since last year. Veteran actor Anthony Hopkins is the latest participant.
Anthony Hopkins, who is a cinema thespian, announced his partnership with Orange Comet, Inc yesterday. Orange Comet is a company that focuses on the rising NFT and Web3 technologies and is founded by many celebs, including basketball player Kurt Warner and producer Dave Broome.
Titled ‘The Eternal Collection‘, the project will feature Anthony Hopkins as the centrepiece of the artworks. All of the works seem to be callbacks to the acclaimed roles of Hopkins but in a futuristic setting. For instance, one piece features Hopkins wearing an iron face mask in a seemingly dystopian world, a clear reference to his iconic Hannibal Lecter from ‘Silence of the Lambs’. The works would go on the market on OpenSea later this year, though a date is not yet set. The buyers would also get an opportunity to physically meet the legendary actor. Hopkins said of the project: “The metaverse offers an incredible opportunity to connect with an audience in an entirely different way.”
Sir Anthony Hopkins is not new in the world of art, however. He kickstarted his art journey in 2005 with a solo show, and since then many of his works have been exhibited or bought by museums. In May 2020, a TikTok of his featured a painting in progress in the background. In his statement, Hopkins also added that his foray into NFT is also a bid for people to take him more seriously as an artist.
Since 2021, the NFT space has seen an incessant swarm of celebrity projects. However, not all of them found success. Projects by the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Snoop Dogg saw a sharp decline in their market prices. A Youtube analysis video suggested that most celeb portfolios were down as much as 90 per cent! Others, such as BAYC, continue to command high prices despite the numerous controversies. As such, it would be interesting to see how new entrants like Anthony Hopkins fare in the NFT space.