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Leonardo DiCaprio Could Join ‘Squid Game’ for New Season

Leonardo Dicaprio, pictured here with Korean actor Lee Jung Jae from the Squid Game cast, has stated that he is a fan of the Netflix series. Credit: Instagram/Lee Jung Jae

Leonardo DiCaprio has stated that he is a ‘Squid Game’ fan, but in the third season of the popular Netflix series, the Hollywood actor might actually be part of the game.

According to series creator-director Hwang Dong-hyuk, Leonardo DiCaprio might be asked to join the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-winning international blockbuster hit in a later season.

The second season of Squid Game is already in the making, and it has already been rumored that a third season might involve hiring non-Korean actors from the US.

Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk responded to a question regarding Hollywood stars appearing in Squid Game, during a recent Netflix press event in Seoul: “There will be no known Hollywood actor in Season 2…it’s still set in Korea.”

To support that, Dong-hyuk noted that he is aware that Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan of the program and that a third season with him is not completely out of the question. “Maybe if time or chances allow, we can ask Leo to join the games.”

The cast of the original Squid Game featured actors who were relatively unknown in much of the west.

Hwang, the first Korean director to win an Emmy, stated that while becoming global was always his ambition, he never anticipated such a large accomplishment. He believes that the Emmy wins will serve as an example to upcoming global creators.

Squid Game Season 2

According to Hwang, production on the second season of Squid Game will begin in 2023, with a release date of 2024.  “We will start shooting Season 2 next year and it’ll be released the following year,” The games that will be played in the season have been confirmed, Hwang said, adding that the upcoming season would witness an increase in production budgets.

With the exception of lead actor winner Lee Jung-jae, who was unable to attend due to the North American premiere of his directorial debut, “The Hunt,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, the “Squid Game” team was present in full force at the press conference to celebrate the unprecedented success at the Emmy Awards.

Along with recognition from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Squid Game” received 14 Emmy nominations and took home six historic wins, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Lee, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Hwang, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Lee Yoo-mi), Outstanding Production Design for Narrative Contemporary Program, Outstanding Stunt Performance, and Outstanding Special Effects in A Single Episode.

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