Idris Elba Joins Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty as Actor and Music Producer
In a surprising turn of events, acclaimed actor Idris Elba has not only become a fully-fledged actor in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty but has also played a significant role in creating the game’s new music. Elba’s journey from being a player of Cyberpunk 2077 to joining the game’s expansion has been nothing short of remarkable.
A Serendipitous Beginning
Elba revealed that his involvement in the game began with an exploratory conversation about his interest in gaming. The conversation soon transitioned to Cyberpunk 2077, a game that Elba was already familiar with and had played. The prospect of being a part of the expansion excited Elba, and he eagerly joined the project.
His decision to join the game was partly influenced by witnessing Keanu Reeves portray Johnny Silverhand, another key character in Cyberpunk 2077. Elba’s role in the expansion is Solomon Reed, a figure who serves as a mentor and sidekick to the player-character V. Reed’s storyline is promised to be deep and full of twists and turns, adding a dramatic element to the game.
Unveiling Solomon Reed
Although minimal details have been released about Solomon Reed, Elba explained that he is a tortured ex-special agent deeply committed to his craft and his country. Reed’s character is complex, presenting various layers and a sense of being trapped. As the expansion progresses, players will come to understand Reed’s true nature and his role as V’s guide and protector. However, his trustworthiness remains uncertain, adding suspense and intrigue to the gameplay.
An Unforgettable Role for Elba
Elba shared his experience of taking on the role of Solomon Reed, emphasizing the complexity and depth of the writing in Cyberpunk 2077. While Elba has appeared in games before, this was his most substantial role to date, and it posed unique challenges due to the vastness of the game itself. However, Elba found the character’s writing to be strong and was able to bring his own nuance and emotional range to the role.
Elba’s contribution to Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty was primarily through voice-acting, with his recording sessions filmed to serve as references for the game’s animators. Elba acknowledged the collaborative nature of the process and the importance of effective communication between voice actors and animators. Despite the challenges, Elba expressed his satisfaction with the overall results.
A Multifaceted Talent
In addition to his acting work, Elba’s passion for music also played a role in the creation of the game. Drawing from his experience as a DJ, Elba contributed to the musical identity of Phantom Liberty by selecting tracks for a new radio station. He even went a step further and created three songs of his own, showcasing different genres to match the game’s cyberpunk and punk-themed world.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Arrival
Fans won’t have to wait long to experience Elba’s contribution firsthand. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is set to release on Xbox Series X|S on September 26. The expansion promises a thrilling spy-thriller adventure filled with espionage, political intrigue, and shattered loyalties. With Elba’s talent and dedication, Phantom Liberty is sure to deliver a captivating gaming experience.
This interview was edited for length and clarity.
About Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, developed by CD PROJEKT RED, is a new spy-thriller adventure set in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. Players take on the role of V, a cyberpunk for hire who becomes embroiled in a web of espionage and political intrigue after the President of the New United States of America’s orbital shuttle is shot down over Night City’s deadliest district.
In Phantom Liberty, players must infiltrate Dogtown, a city-within-a-city ruled by a trigger-happy militia and a leader with an iron fist. With the assistance of Solomon Reed, portrayed by Idris Elba, and the support of Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves, players will unravel a tale of shattered loyalties and navigate a fractured world filled with hustlers, netrunners, and mercenaries.
The expansion offers a host of brand-new gameplay mechanics, nail-biting courier jobs, gigs, and missions. Players can expect a thrilling main questline and a world where freedom and loyalty always come at a price. Phantom Liberty is designed to take full advantage of next-gen hardware, ensuring an immersive and visually stunning gaming experience.
Pre-order Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty now and gain in-game access to the Quadra Sport R-7 “Vigilante” when the expansion launches.