Keanu Reeves’ character in Cyberpunk 2077, Johnny Silverhand – will feature much more than was originally planned thanks to the actor’s request.
Reeves has often played characters that are fighting for a just cause, and this is no exception.
In the 1988 game, Johnny was a Rockerboy – a subclass of street poets, social consciences and rebels. 2077’s Silverhand has a much rougher aesthetic, and still rocks his iconic cybernetic arm.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out on 16th April 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“Thanks to Keanu, Johnny is more relatable and complex”
Johnny Silverhand actually lives as a virtual ghost inside protagonist V’s head, but it turns out that Reeves pushed CD Projekt Red to give him a larger role in the game, having resonated so much with the Cyberpunk franchise.
This news was revealed at the Lucca Comics and Games Festival, where the game’s Italian voice actor Luca Ward explained that his recording time had been doubled, thanks to the work of the renowned Canadian actor.
While CD Projekt Red was not looking for a well-known celebrity to take over the show, they were happy to appease the actor’s request.
Story director at CDPR Marcin Blacha explained the thought process behind choosing Keanu Reeves to define Johnny’s character in the game.
“A good actor, and Keanu is a great actor, will always infuse their character with a bit of their own special thing”
Keanu Reeves’ connection to the role has made Johnny “more relatable and complex” than ever before, but we have been assured that he has not lost any of his rebelliousness or punch from the prequel.