Leonardo DiCaprio could be invited to join the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-winning global hit “Squid Game” in a future season, the show’s writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk said.
At a congratulatory press conference held by Netflix in Seoul on Friday, when asked if any well-known Hollywood actors will star in “Squid Game” Season 2, Hwang said, “There will be no well-known Hollywood actors in Season 2. That’s not in the plan and if the scene changes, maybe in Season 3 – but for Season 2, it’s still set in Korea. Leonardo DiCaprio said he’s a big fan of ‘Squid Game,’ so maybe if time or opportunities allow, we can ask him to join the games.”
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Its second season will begin filming in 2023 and will be released in 2024, Hwang confirmed. “We will start filming season 2 next year and it will be released next year,” Hwang said, adding that the next season will see improvements in production budgets and the games to be played in the season have been confirmed.
The team of “Squid Game” was out in force at the press conference to celebrate the unprecedented success at the Emmy Awards, except for winning star Lee Jung-jae, who was absent due to the North American premiere of his directorial debut “The Hunt.” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lee told the media through a video recording, “Although there has been a lot of news about ‘Squid Game’ and we have received many awards, what is more important and happy for me is the fact that Korean content is reaching and loving a lot . so many people around the world. I hope that more Korean content will be released, similar to ‘Squid Game’ seasons 2 and 3, so that more brilliant filmmakers, actors and actresses will have more opportunities to meet a global audience.”
“Squid Game” premiered as a Netflix original almost exactly a year ago and has made waves worldwide as the first Korean drama to dominate Netflix’s weekly top 10 most-watched TV show charts worldwide in 94 countries, with 1, 65 billion hours watched in the first 28 days after its September 17 premiere, according to the streamer.
In addition to Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards honors, “Squid Games” received 14 Emmy Award nominations and had six historic wins, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Lee, Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series for Hwang, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Lee Yoo-mi), Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program, Outstanding Stunt Performance and Outstanding Special Effects in a Single Episode.
Hwang said, “Korea has always had its eyes set on a global market when we created these things . I think we create high-quality content because of the highly competitive Korean society, and as a result, K-content has become highly loved by people around the world.”
As the first Korean director to win an Emmy, Hwang said he always had the goal of going international, but never expected this big success, and that he hopes the Emmy Awards will be an inspiration for future international creators.
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