Cyberpunk 2077: Keanu Reeves “Screen Time” Doubled Due to His Love For the Game

Keanu Reeves apparently had a great time voicing Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077.

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We’re all excited about Cyberpunk 2077, but one story indicates that nobody may be more excited for the game than Keanu Reeves. 

In an interview with Gian Luca Rocco, an Italian voice actor named Luca Ward, who seems to be doing the voice dub work for Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 character in that region, stated that his workload for the upcoming game had effectively been doubled due to Reeves’ enthusiasm for appearing in the project. 

It’s not clear what the exact difference between Reeves’ initial role and his final role are, but it certainly does sound like Reeves had so much fun working on Cyberpunk 2077 that he pushed for, or agreed to a request for, more time in the game. 

For those who may not have heard, the role in question sees Reeves play a famous rocker in the Cyberpunk universe known as Johnny Silverhand. While it sure seems like Silverhand is dead by the time that Cyberpunk 2077 rolls around, some speculated that your player-created character will conjure a manifestation of the rock star via a combination of trauma and implant glitches. It’s also not entirely clear how Silverhand works in the game from a storytelling and gameplay standpoint, but it sounds he’ll pop in from time to time to give you advice, share a few clever comments, or even chastise you. 

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The idea that Reeves is so excited about this opportunity that his role in the game eventually grew will certainly warm the hearts of many fans who lost their minds when Reeves took the stage at this year’s E3 and revealed that he will appear in what was already one of 2020’s most anticipated games. You could certainly argue that reveal ranks comfortably amongst the most memorable E3 moments of all-time

As for Cyberpunk, we’ll see if it can indeed live up to some considerable hype now that games like The Outer Worlds have come along and raised RPG expectations once more. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014