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CD Projekt RED Makes An Important Keanu Reeves Statement

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CD Projekt Red’s Marcin Blacha was the recent interview guest of the Xbox: The Official Magazine and gave some noticeable details about the character, who famous Hollywood star, Keanu Revees plays.

Blacha stated the progress of how CD Projekt Red decided to give Keanu the role of one of the most important characters of Cyberpunk 2077, Johnny Silverhand.

Here’s his statement about Johnny and Keanu:

“It’s a complex relationship, definitely something that will evolve and grow as you play. Johnny is an icon and a very powerful character, but—in their own way—so is V. Both will often butt heads, but I think they will also learn something from each other.

Keanu Reeves has this history of playing characters who fight for something and Silverhand is definitely fighting for something. Or at least he was in 2020. When we thought of an actor for this role, we didn’t approach it on a ‘who’s the biggest celebrity now’ basis —the actor had to have a connection with the character, so it made sense.”

He continued:

“Cyberpunk 2077 is not a game about Keanu Reeves, it’s a game about Johnny who is played by Keanu. I think it’s something often forgotten when casting for roles for games. Similarly, remember Emperor Emhyr in The Witcher 3?

When we decided to cast Charles Dance, he just made sense for that role—he had this regal aura to him, also because of who he played in Game Of Thrones back then. I think that history played a role in how Johnny finally turned out. A good actor and Keanu is a great actor, will always infuse their character with a bit of their own special thing. I think, thanks to Keanu, Johnny is more relatable and complex, but at the same time has not lost any of his original rebelliousness and punch.”

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