‘Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty’ Creator Opens Up about Idris Elba Joining the A-list Cast and Working Together


The director of Cyberpunk 2077, Gabe Abatangelo, discussed working with Idris Elba on the game’s next expansion, Phantom Liberty, during a new interview.

For various reasons, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most popular video games of the previous decade.

It gained a lot of notoriety for having a poor, broken launch that hampered the game for months after it was released and caused sellers to issue large numbers of refunds.

Once the smoke cleared, however, many people continued to enjoy the game.

Acclaimed actor Keanu Reeves has a leading part in the game, is with you for the overwhelming duration of the tale, and will accompany you in the next expansion as well. This is one of the game’s most important selling points.

The revelation that Cyberpunk 2077 had landed a major A-list actor for its cast was rather significant, but the cast is now growing with the addition of another illustrious actor.

Idris Elba, star of The Suicide Squad and many other huge Hollywood titles, was revealed to appear in Phantom Liberty last year, and CD Projekt Red is heavily relying on it in the DLC’s promotion.

When director Gabe Abatangelo was reached by ComicBook.com, they inquired about how thrilling it was to work with him and how the actor was cast.

Abatangelo answered that “It has, it has [been thrilling]. And so when we think about the Cyberpunk universe and we think about the potential stories when we’re in the kind of ideation phase, there are certain actors out there that we’re like, ‘This person would be cool, they would fit in.’ And so you kind of always have that in mind. We approached him and, as I understand it, Idris was like, ‘Yeah, hell yeah, let’s do this.’ And then when we got him in the booth, it was kind of like, ‘Okay, so this is what Solomon Reed’s about.’ And obviously, we fleshed him out more knowing that Idris was in this role. It was like a collaboration offline. And then when we got him in the booth, it was a collaboration online, so to speak. He just jumped right into it. He’s so pro. And it grew as he was in the sessions in the booth and it’s perfect. It’s perfect.”

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