Keanu Reeves was chosen for the role of Johnny Silverhand in 'Cyberpunk 2077' because of his "connection to the character".

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

The 'John Wick' actor is starring in the highly anticipated game in the central role and director Marcin Blacha has spoken out on why they decided to sign him up for the part.

In an interview with Xbox: The Official Magazine, Marcin said: "When we thought of an actor for this role, we didn't approach it on a 'who's the biggest celebrity now' basis - the actor had to have a connection with the character."

Continuing to heap praise on the 'Matrix' legend, he continued: "A good actor, and Keanu is a great actor, will always infuse their character with a bit of their own special thing."

Teasing what's to come in the game, which is released in April 2020, Marcin said: "Johnny is an icon and a very powerful character. "But - in their own way - so is V (Night City cyberpunk).

"Both will often butt heads, but I think they will also learn something from each other."

Meanwhile, the action star recently revealed he wanted to sing in the game - but CD Projekt Red won't let him.

His alter ego used to be in a band called Samurai, but the developer has decided to take a different route.

He said: "No, they don't want me to sing."

Although Keanu is keen to belt out some tunes for the upcoming game, the company has apparently recruited an unnamed rock group to play the music.

However, he's still hopeful he'll get to have some influence over the soundtrack.

He added: "We have a bit of time, so maybe we'll see what happens. Maybe the lead singer of the band will let me have some kind of influence in there. We'll see."

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