Concept art from CD Projekt Red revealed what the character of Johnny Silverhand looked like from Cyberpunk 2077, before Keanu Reeves took on the role. As spotted by AltChar, concepts found on CD Projekt Red Senior Concept Artist and Coordinator ArtStation by Lea Leonowicz The profile gives a glimpse of Johnny Silverhand without the likeness of Keanu Reeves.
This version of Silverhand looks a bit younger than the Johnny we see in the game, minus the facial hair and with a more toned physique. The character still has his cybernetic arm, and many of the outfits shown are very similar, including Silverhand’s shiny pants, red sunglasses, and the Samurai tank top. A piece of the Concept art ‘First Sketches’ is a bit more glam rock than the others, showing off a vision of Johnny wearing a bandana and oversized sweater. One cool detail that didn’t make the final game was a spiked bracelet around the wrist of Silverhand’s robot arm. Very brutal legend.
There is also another piece of concept art of Silverhand in a scene, using two pistols to defend themselves in a shootout. It’s a great look at the creative process behind the character and, potentially, a vision of what Silverhand might have looked like had CD Projekt Red chosen not to hire Keanu Reeves for the role. In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, here is our game performance review from patch 1.06.
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