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One of Hollywood’s biggest stars is now the face of one of the greatest video games in modern gaming history.

Keanu Reeves stunned the video game world when he announced that he would appear in Cyberpunk 2077, creating quite a stir for the action-adventure game.

Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest open world video game created by Polish developers CD Projekt RED (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt).

Keanu Reeves plays the character of Johnny Silverhand, a hot-headed rock star.
Keanu Reeves plays the character of Johnny Silverhand, a hot-headed rock star. (Supplied)

It’s set in a futuristic, corporate-controlled dystopia where sex sells and violence is often the only answer.

Keanu Reeves plays the character of Johnny Silverhand, an exalted rock star who, without spoilers, joins the main character on his quest.

9News sat down with Miles Tost of CD Projekt RED to ask the question: How do you get Keanu Reeves to co-star in your video game?

“We didn’t really go into the process thinking ‘we have to get a big star,’ we were writing this character, he’s been around for a long time.”

Johnny Silverhand is based on the original pencil and paper character of Mike Pondsmith in the Cyberpunk RPG created in 1988.

“He has always been a part of this universe and we wanted to bring him into our game,” said Tost.

“Wouldn’t it be great if Keanu Reeves played this character? With a background from a lot of cyberpunk movies like Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix of course, and if you like John Wick has quite a few cyberpunk touches too … Certainly they can be set some parallels “.

“It seemed like the perfect fit, right?”

“We somehow managed to get in touch with him and have him take a look at our game! It was great to see that he was so receptive; he was very receptive to the idea of ​​being in our game.

Johnny Silverhand is based on the original pencil and paper character of Mike Pondsmith in the Cyberpunk RPG created in 1988.
Johnny Silverhand is based on the original pencil and paper character of Mike Pondsmith in the Cyberpunk RPG created in 1988. (Supplied)

Tost told 9News that he was lucky enough to travel to Los Angeles in August 2018 to pitch the game to Reeves.

“The good thing for us is also that we not only brought Keanu in as a [advertising mascot]But his character, that’s something that can’t be underestimated enough, he’s what we call a co-star, “Tost explained.

“He really takes front and center stage, he’s always there with V, the main character you’re playing, he’s always there to comment, sometimes in not so nice ways, or mostly in not so nice ways,” he can really be a bit of an idiot. “

“Throughout history you can get to know him more, see more of his motivations and all that.”

“Who knows, maybe at some point you will personally agree with him (Silverhand).”

Tost describes Reeves’ character as a great storytelling tool, especially when the player character (V) is alone: ​​”If we have a moment where V has to investigate something, we can bring Johnny Silverhand into the fray too and they can try to deduce information from the clues together, or Johnny may be in the way … “Tost said.

“It’s a really cool dynamic and I hope people who play it can enjoy it.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The game is expected to be updated for next-gen consoles next year; a date has not yet been set.


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