Why Squid Game Director Won’t Cast Big Fan Leonardo DiCaprio In Season 2

Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk explains why big fan Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be in season 2. Dong-hyuk’s dystopian South Korean series about contestants in a deadly underground elimination game was a sensation for Netflix in 2021. Now Squid Game season 2 is on the way, but fans will have to wait at least until 2024 to see what happens next.

Squid Game season 1 of course ended with main character Seong Gi-hun aka 456 surviving the game and winning the huge cash prize. But season 2 was indeed set up through a series of shocking late revelations, leaving Seong Gi-hun ready to plunge back into the game despite all its dangers. Unfortunately for fans, many of their favorite Squid Game season 1 characters met grisly deaths, leaving them out of the picture for season 2 (barring any unforeseen soap opera twists).


Squid Game creator Dong-hyuk is of course being tight-lipped about what he does have in store for fans when season 2 finally hits Netflix. But one possibility has now officially been ruled out by the Squid Game mastermind: big Squid Game fan DiCaprio showing up in season 2. Appearing at a press conference in Seoul to celebrate Squid Game’s historic six Emmy wins, Dong-hyuk gave the bad news about DiCaprio’s participation in season 2. But at the same time, he did open the door on the Hollywood superstar perhaps showing up in a later season (via Variety):

“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.”

The thought of a star the magnitude of DiCapario showing up on Squid Game to play a character does indeed seem rather unlikely, and would arguably not serve the show very well in the end. However, the idea of someone like DiCaprio playing himself on the show does open up some intriguing possibilities. If Squid Game wanted to go the fully meta route in season 3, it might be amazing to see DiCaprio or some other well-known celebrity appear as themselves, running the Squid Game gauntlet and perhaps meeting their own horrific demise.

Truthfully however, it seems like a very long shot that DiCaprio would ever appear on Squid Game in any kind of major role. And in fact, an appearance by the superstar as himself would have a very good chance of pushing Squid Game into jumping-the-shark territory. For now, Dong-hyuk seems content to build upon what was set up at the end of Squid Game season 1, with no plans to shift the show’s setting out of Korea. But one day Squid Game could go international, and then all bets might be off when it comes to who could show up on the Emmy-winning show.

Source: Variety

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