Mads Mikkelsen’s character in Death Stranding was apparently almost played by Keanu Reeves said Hideo Kojima.
It seems like before he was ever involved with Cyberpunk 2077, actor Keanu Reeves was nearly linked to another highly-anticipated upcoming game.
In a panel that took place recently at San Diego Comic-Con, Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima talked a bit more about the forthcoming game with film director Nicolas Winding Refn who plays a character in the game. Along with revealing the box art for Death Stranding, Kojima also talked about the early days of the project and some of the casting decisions that went into some of the characters. This led to Kojima revealing that before Mads Mikkelsen was cast to play the role of Cliff, John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, was suggested to play the character.
“I originally was recommended Keanu Reeves but I wanted Mads,” Kojima said during the panel. So while Keanu was apparently considered to be asked to play the role, Kojima always had his heart set on Mikkelsen, which isn’t a huge surprise. If you follow Kojima on social media, you’re likely aware of how much he has gushed over Mikkelsen over the years.
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Still, it’s interesting to think about an alternate timeline where Keanu was in Death Stranding rather that Mads. While that’s a cool idea on paper, it also seems likely that he then wouldn’t have ended up playing Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077. At the end of the day, things probably worked out for the best and now we get to see both Mads and Keanu have the spotlight in games of their own.
Death Stranding is set to release later this year on November 8 and will be coming exclusively to PS4.