Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty – Idris Elba Discusses His Experience

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Last week, CD Projekt Red released a trailer for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty that showcases the phenomenal Idris Elba serving as the main lead of the game’s story. His performance looks like it is going to be great. His character is a retired spy called Solomon Reed.


The story of Phantom Liberty will see V and Reed will team up to rescue So Mi and the President of the New United States of America. A video released on the Cyberpunk 2077 YouTube channel features Elba describing the character of Reed as a hesitant person who loves his job, saying that players will learn much more about him in the expansion.

Idris Elba is not ready to do another game after Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty


The interview of Idris Elba is awesome to watch. Fans have locked onto one particular statement that actor made during the interview session. Idris highlighted the difference between an expansion and a piece of story DLC and how Phantom Liberty is the former, meaning that it is a significant addition to the world of Cyberpunk 2077.

Elba revealed that he had a vision of the world of Cyberpunk 2077 before joining the Phantom Liberty expansion as Solomon Reed character. He described that he was pulled into a dramatic storyline with lots of twists and turns:


“When you meet him, I wouldn’t say it’s a sad story, but it’s a story that’s got its layers, and you meet someone that’s sort of caged in. It’s so complex. I came in and just inherited the world you know – and the storytelling is deep, and so I just brought my own nuance in terms of, I guess, how he sounds, the emotive spectrum for him – but it’s pretty well written.”

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Idris Elba in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.
Idris Elba in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.


Elba’s work on the game purely consisted of voice recording without a motion capture. The character’s emotions were then animated by CD Projekt Red. The same process was followed for the more physical action scenes. Idris Elba had some thoughts on this process, saying:

“It’s funny because you could say a line, and you could say it with, you know, the intention of pain, and the animator could make you look like you’re happy while you’re saying it. You try to record all the different threads at the same time, and it is a process. I’m not sure I’m going to do another game anytime soon. It’s graft – its proper graft.”

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Idris Elba has been a fan favourite for years through his performance in movies like Pacific Rim, The Suicide Squad, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw as main antagonist. Elba is proud of his work on Phantom Liberty – as is CD Projekt Red, and fans can look forward to seeing him in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, when the game releases on September 26th, 2023.


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