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Cyberpunk 2077 captured the attention of fans before its premiere not only because of the promise of the futuristic and dystopian world it would present along with the customization possibilities, but also because one of the key characters of the game would be played by the renowned actor Keanu Reeves ( Matrix, John Wick). Well, although CD Projekt RED worked on the character based on this celebrity, concept art shows what it would look like before applying the resemblance to the actor.
Senior Concept Artist and Studio Coordinator Lea Leonowicz shared through her ArtStation page several illustrations that caught the eye because they feature the leader of the rock band Samurai without the Keanu Reeves appearance.
In total there are 4 images that reveal the conceptualization work that was done to define the character. Although the material shows a Johnny Silverhand with a face somewhat similar to Keanu Reeves, you can see the different outfits that were thought for the character.
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Johnny Silverhand was made with Keanu Reeves in mind
There is an illustration that shows that Johnny Silverhand would have earrings, would wear a bandana, a bracelet or other items that help to project his rock identity. In another it is possible to see Silverhand without the vest, which reveals tattoos and scars and in another illustration the character is seen in action and reveals that he would use another pistol, in addition to his flagship weapon, Maloria Arms 3516.
It is important to mention that, although these illustrations are part of a conceptual work, the artist surely did them keeping in mind that Johnny Silverhand would be played by Keanu Reeves, as we remind you that CD Projekt RED confirmed to Destructoid at E3 2019 that “it was Keanu Reeves or no one else ”, showing that no other actor would have given life to Silverhand.
We leave you with the illustrations shared by the artist Lea Leonowicz.
This is what Johnny Silverhand would look like without the Keanu Reeves similarity
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Since we are talking about Johnny Silverhand, we told you that it was announced that they will launch a Nendoroid of Johnny Silverhand, as well as great action figures. On the other hand, we inform you that a new patch is now available that solves many game problems.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google STADIA. While the title can be played on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, the improved version for these systems is expected to debut sometime in 2021. You can find more news related to it by visiting its tab.
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