Leonardo DiCaprio could be invited to join the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-winning global hit “Squid Game” in a future season, series writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk has said.
At a Netflix-hosted congratulatory press conference in Seoul on Friday, when asked if a well-known Hollywood actor would star in Season 2 of “Squid Game,” Hwang said, “There will be no Hollywood actor known in Season 2. That’s not in the plan and if the stage changes maybe in season 3 – but for season 2 it’s still set in korea Leonardo DiCaprio did say he’s a big fan of ‘Squid Game’ so maybe we can ask him, time or opportunity, to join the games.”
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The second season of will begin filming in 2023 and release in 2024, Hwang confirmed. “We will start shooting Season 2 next year and it will be released the following year,” said Hwang, adding that the upcoming season will see improvements in production budgets and the games that will be played in the season have been confirmed. .
The “Squid Game” team attended the press conference to celebrate the unprecedented success at the Emmy Awards, except for lead actor winner Lee Jung-jae, who was absent for the North American premiere of his directorial debut “The Hunt” on the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lee told the media via a video recording: “While there has been a lot of news about ‘Squid Game’ and we have received many awards, it is more important and happier for me that the Korean content is reaching and loved by so many people all over the world. I hope more Korean content is released, similar to seasons 2 and 3 of ‘Squid Game’, so that more brilliant filmmakers, actors and actresses have more opportunities to meet a global audience.”
“Squid Game” premiered almost exactly a year ago as a Netflix original, and it has made waves worldwide as the first Korean drama to dominate the top 10 weekly most-watched TV program lists worldwide in 94 countries, with a whopping 1, 65 billion hours of viewing in the first 28 days after its September 17 premiere, according to the streamer.
In addition to accolades from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Squid Games” garnered 14 Emmy Award nominations and racked up 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 a narrative contemporary program, outstanding stunt performance and outstanding special effects in one episode.
Hwang said: “Korea has always had a global market in our sights when we made these things . I think we create high quality content because of the very competitive Korean society and as a result, K content became loved by people all over the world.”
As the first Korean director to win the Emmys, Hwang said his goal was always to go international, but never expected this great success and hopes the Emmy wins will serve as inspiration for future international creators.
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