One of the biggest surprises of E3 2019 was certainly the reveal of Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077. Yes, John Wick himself took the stage during Xbox’s E3 2019 conference to lend a considerable amount of celebrity power to a game that we were already pretty excited about. Needless to say, there was much screaming and bowing from those in attendance to witness what has to be the greatest celebrity appearance in E3 history.
As for Keanu’s role in the game, it seems that he is playing a former rockstar named Johnny Silverhand. See, there is a band in Cyberpunk 2020 (which was also referenced in 2077) that is called Samurai and is led by vocalist Johnny Silverhand. What’s odd is that it was seemingly implied that Johnny Silverhand had died prior to the events of Cyberpunk 2077. That’s at least what happened in Cyberpunk 2020, and Cyberpunk 2077 is supposed to be a continuation of that timeline.
Theories at the moment suggest that Johnny Silverhand either faked his death or that people just mistakenly believed that he had died. Some also speculate that this is just someone posing as Silverhand, which doesn’t seem likely.
Interestingly, some have spotted that Silverhand appears to almost “flicker” during his appearance, which could suggest that he’s a hologram or digital insert into the consciousness of the player. That would not only be lore friendly, but it’s honestly kind of a cool to think that the player might be suffering from Arkham Knight-like hallucinations that star Keanu Reeves.
Whatever the story is, CDPR has confirmed that Silverhand will play a major role in the upcoming game, so be sure to get ready to see a lot of Keanu if you’re one of the many who will be diving into Cyberpunk 2077.
Check out the trailer for yourself:
And here’s footage of the man himself on the E3 2019 stage being as cool as humanly possible:
We’ll bring you more on Keanu’s role in the game as information becomes available, but for the moment, be sure to check out our breakdown on everything you need to know about Cyberpunk 2077 as well as our look at things you may have missed in the first gameplay demo.
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.