|“||Wake the fuck up Samurai, we have a city to burn.||„|
— Johnny Silverhand, 2019 Cyberpunk 2077 Cinematic Trailer
Johnny Silverhand is a central character throughout the Cyberpunk series, as well as an influential Rockerboy and the lead singer of the band Samurai. It was revealed that Johnny will be played by Keanu Reeves in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
Johnny first appears in the Cyberpunk 2013 supplementary booklet, Welcome to Night City within the mini adventure Never Fade Away.
Johnny, alongside Morgan Blackhand, assault the Arasaka HQ in Night City, with the intention of ending the Fourth Corporate War. Johnny is seemingly killed by the full-borg Adam Smasher, cut down by an auto shotgun. Johnny's body is not recovered by the Assault team, and after the HQ is destroyed by the Nuke, it can only be assumed his body is vaporized.
During the E3 2018 trailer, several pieces of graffiti can be seen asking "Wheres Johnny?", alluding to the false reports of his death. During the E3 gameplay reveal, V can be heard listening to Johnny's song, Chippin' In, as well as wearing a Samurai jacket.
At the Microsoft E3 2019 conference, Keanu Reeves was revealed to be playing Silverhand. He shows up at the end of the 2019 Cinematic trailer, helping V after they were left for dead in a dump site.
Silverhand acts as V's guide to the city and will be with him or her for most of the game. Throughout the game, the player will be haunted by the "digital ghost" of Silverhand, suggesting that he is physically dead. The full gameplay scope of Silverhand's involvement with the character is not fully known, but he will make comments on the player's actions through voiceover, and will occasionally appear ingame as a hologram. Figuring out the mystery of Johnny Silverhand's digital ghost is a large part of the main plot line.
"Wake the fuck up, Samurai. We have a city to burn."
- ↑ Marks, Tom. “Cyberpunk 2077: New Gameplay Details from the E3 2019 Demo.” IGN, IGN, 11 June 2019, www.ign.com/articles/2019/06/11/cyberpunk-2077-new-gameplay-details-from-the-e3-2019-demo.