Leonardo DiCaprio could possibly join the Squid Game cast for season 3

Leonardo DiCaprio, Squid Game

Squid Game seemingly came out of nowhere to become Netflix’s biggest hit. The show broke barriers by becoming the first Korean drama to make the top 10 most viewed titles every week. It was available in 94 countries and scored a whopping 1.65 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days after it first premiered on September 17, 2021. 

Season 2 of the juggernaut is still far off as it is slated for 2024. However, the series writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk thinks there is a possibility to go international with the show and even cast a Hollywood star into a season. One star he already had in mind was Leonardo DiCaprio. Variety reports that Netflix recently hosted a congratulatory press conference in Seoul on Friday for Squid Game. Hwang addressed a question about which Hollywood actor was cast in Season 2.

Hwang responded,

“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. 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. We will start shooting Season 2 next year, and it’ll be released the following year. Korea has always had its eyes set on a global market when we created these things [content]. I think we create high-quality content because of the highly competitive Korean society and as a result, K-content became well loved by people all over the world.”

DiCaprio started his career in television on the family sitcom, Growing Pains. He had since catapulted to A-list movie star status, having worked with A-list directors like Scorsese and Tarantino. It would seem like an exciting move for him to return to a series, albeit in a limited fashion, but it could be a bold choice. 

DiCaprio is most recently seen in the Netflix satire, Don’t Look Up.

Source: Variety

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