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Squid Game Writer Hwang Dong-hyuk Wants Leonardo DiCaprio to Join the Show

The Emmy winner discussed the possibility of a Hollywood actor joining the cast in the series' third season.
  • Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game, Leonardo DiCaprio. (Photos: Netflix, Everett Collection)
    Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game, Leonardo DiCaprio. (Photos: Netflix, Everett Collection)

    Leonardo DiCaprio could join Squid Game at some point. 

    At a celebratory Netflix press conference in Seoul, series writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk was asked if any big Hollywood actors might be joining Squid Game Season 2. "There will be no known Hollywood actor in Season 2. That’s not in the plan and if the stage changes, maybe in Season 3 – but for Season 2, it is still set in Korea," said the Emmy winner.

    "Leonardo DiCaprio did say he’s a big fan of Squid Game so maybe if time or chances allow, we can ask him to join the games," he said. "We have already joked about that."

    Series star and Outstanding Drama Actor Emmy winner Lee Jung-jae also expressed his excitement about the show's success, telling the media via a video recording that he was so happy "Korean content is reaching out and well-loved by so many people around the world" and that he hopes "more Korean content, similar to Seasons 2 and 3 of Squid Game, will be released so that more brilliant filmmakers, actors and actresses will gain more opportunities to meet global audiences."

    Squid Game's second season is set to begin filming next year and release in 2024, with a much more substantial budget this time around.

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Squid Game, Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio