Excitement for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 reached feverish heights when Keanu Reeves took to the stage at E3 this year. Not that the upcoming action RPG needed the extra push, but it catapulted the hype to stratospheric heights.
Now, it appears the actor himself was just as excited about bringing his likeness and voice acting skills to the game as we all are.
Italian journalist Gian Luca Rocco reports that The Matrix star was so enamored with the game and his in-game character, Johnny Silverhands, that he lobbied the Polish developer to double his screen-time.
Rocco was able to extract this juicy nugget from Luca Ward, long-running Keanu Reeves Italian dubber, during the Lucca 2019 Comics and Games expo. Ward explains that Reeves heightened involvement meant more time in the recording booth. He also noted the game was looking fantastic.
The powers that be at CD Projekt Red were seemingly more than happy to acquiesce. As we now know, Johnny Silverhand features in Cyberpunk 2077 as an irreverent rockstar. He guides the player with advice and tips throughout the story as a sidekick of sorts. He’s an enigma; the stuff of legends within Nightcity. As Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand puts it the E3 trailer puts it ‘we’ve hot a city to burn.’
According to Cyberpunk 2077 lore, Silverhand died well before the events of the game. And, appears to the player as a hacked malware implant dishing out quips.
Whether CD Projekt Red reworked the Cyberpunk 2077 narrative to accommodate Reeves’ request is unclear. But, what’s certain is that the developer had to expand the remit of the role.
Barring a delay such as Naughty Dog’s decision to push back The Last of Us Part II to May, we’ll be able to the sample the fruits of Keanu Reeves’ double-time labor with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on Apr. 16 next year.