CDPR: Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 Was “A Natural Pick” For The Character
During Microsoft’s E3 conference earlier this month, CDPR revealed that Keanu Reeves will be portraying Johnny Silverhand in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
Fans were amazed by Reeves’ sudden appearance and the “You’re breathtaking” phrase from attendee Peter Sark has already become a phenomenon with fans actually asking CD Projekt Red for a “You’re breathtaking” achievement in the game.
In a new interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz talked about the reveal of Keanu, 'John Wick', Reeves and his character Johnny Silverhand.
"I'm surprised we kept it secret," Tomaszkiewicz said. “We were thinking about who [Johnny] is as a character. He is a rebel and is standing against the oppression; he's standing for an idea. A lot of characters that Keanu has played in his career were like that as well. We felt it was a natural pick for the character.”
"Also, I'm not sure if you know this, but he's also played a lot of characters called John or Johnny, which creates this cool link [Johnny Silverhand is from the original Cyberpunk RPG series]. In general, we felt it was a natural pick and he's a very experienced actor. We were very excited to be working with him."
Reeves’ character is one of the central characters in the Cyberpunk series.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 16, 2020.