Sir Anthony Hopkins, the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar-winning icon of film, television, and theater, has partnered with Web3 media company Orange Comet for an upcoming series of NFT drops showcasing his work as an artist.
“NFTs are a blank canvas to create art in a new format,” Hopkins told reporters during an online press conference.
According to Hopkins, 84, the metaverse “offers an incredible opportunity to connect with an audience in an entirely different way… I’m probably the oldest guy in the NFT community and on social media, which proves all is possible at any age.”
The project, called The Eternal Collection, includes three drops centered around a set of 10 digital animations of Hopkins digitally rendered as interpretations of various Jungian character archetypes the actor has portrayed throughout his career. Their designs also incorporate aspects of Hopkins’ work as a painter.
The Hopkins NFTs will drop in mid-September on OpenSea, the industry-leading NFT marketplace, according to Dave Broome, CEO of Orange Comet. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to a charity to be designated by Hopkins and his wife, Stella Arroyave.
Hopkins emerged as a painter in 2005 with a solo exhibition curated by Harte International Galleries featuring his abstract works. The NFT project kicked off when Margam Fine Art, the sole management company of Hopkins’ original art, reached out to Orange Comet looking to bring his artwork to the world of NFTs.
Orange Comet’s Broome is a TV producer whose credits include “The Biggest Loser,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “Jennifer Lopez: Halftime.” He co-founded Orange Comet in early 2021, when the NFT craze was first blossoming, with the idea that a winning strategy would be to develop original digital-collectible content based on well-known Hollywood properties. So far, the company’s biggest NFT project has been for AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead.”
Hopkins’ Eternal Collection NFT designs were overseen by Orange Comet chief creative officer Dante Ferrarini and Hopkins himself. While Orange Comet used reference photos of Hopkins to create the NFTs, all of the animations and images in the collection are CGI-generated.
Watch Orange Comet’s trailer for the Hopkins NFT collection: