Cyberpunk 2077 followers had been thrilled to study final evening that none apart from Idris Elba is starring in 2023’s Phantom Liberty growth. And why would not they be stoked about that? Elba is superior, and with all respect to Knuckles, enjoying a badass FIA agent in Cyberpunk 2077 is approach cooler than voicing a cartoon echidna.
To not point out, the temporary glimpse we get of Elba’s in-game character, Solomon Reed, appears unbelievable. Factor is, this is not truly the primary time we have seen a picture of Idris Elba on the earth of Cyberpunk. I am not saying this was a psychic prediction, however artist Zsolt Kosa beat CD Projekt to the punch by a few years.
After the reveal that Elba is in Phantom Liberty, a reddit submit from two years in the past resurfaced (due to a brand new submit by reddit person Aman690) exhibiting a picture of a Cyberpunk model of the actor. The unique picture, posted on Kosa’s ArtStation web page, was mocked up like a poster, with the game’s brand on the backside. There are two variations, one where Elba is carrying futuristic shades and one where you possibly can see his icy-blue cyber-eyes.
“I assumed it could be nice to see Idris Elba within the Cyberpunk world,” Kosa wrote on the time. “Right here is the results of a fast picture bashing primarily based on the concept. I hope you prefer it.”
Information flash: I prefer it! There’s even a touch of cyberware on the aspect of Elba’s head, which actually is not all that totally different from his glowing implants proven within the game trailer. I dig the comfy-looking jacket in Kosa’s idea artwork, too, and now I am hoping there’s some strategy to have Solomon Reed put on totally different outfits within the growth. (If there is not, I am positive modders will invent one.)
Once more, I am not contemplating Kosa’s artwork to be a mystical prediction of the longer term, however it’s nonetheless fairly cool that their dream truly got here true. And I might urge you to take an extended take a look at the remainder of the work on Kosa’s Artstation as a result of there are some actually lovely and highly effective photos there.