One of the biggest announcements at E3 2019 was the reveal that Keanu Reeves of John Wick and Matrix fame would be appearing in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 as a character named Johnny Silverhand. Reeves would even make an appearance at Microsoft’s press conference, briefly discussing his experience working on the project. Recently, in an interview with BBC, Reeves further discusses his character.
I’m kind of a guide, but also… You have to do something, but Johnny wants to do something too, so there’s this…Am I your friend? Am I a foe? Am I really helping you? Am I not helping you? Are you in my way?
When asked if having a Hollywood star like him being in a video game would help legitimize the medium, or if gaming needed to be legitimized, he responded with the following:
I don’t think they need legitimizing. If anything I’d say it’s gone the other way. It’s more of the influence gaming has had on Hollywood. Certainly with the Marvel universe, right? But then gaming probably started in the beginning with Hollywood. I think these technologies have been talking to each other. I remember when Marlon Brando starred in Superman and said ‘Okay, so now they can just digitize how I am, my look and do another performance and I don’t need to be there’.
That idea of the technology of image capture and performance, we’re seeing now in Hollywood so many performances where they’re either aging or making other performers younger. The elasticity of performance and time and what you look like and who you are, it’s getting more complex.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently scheduled for release on April 16th, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For our impressions on the upcoming title, read our preview.