Top 5 characters Leonardo DiCaprio might play in ‘Squid Game’

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After Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk seemingly alluded to a attainable cameo in the present by Leonardo DiCaprio, in some far-off future season, it obtained our brains percolating about what position he may be a good fit for within the show.

“Leonardo DiCaprio did say he’s an enormous fan of Squid Game […] so maybe if time or chances allow, we can ask him to join the games. We have already joked about that,” Hwang mentioned during a media conference earlier this month, as We Got This Covered previously reported. The writer-director indicated that if such a collaboration were to occur, it would not occur till season three because the second season is already underway.

In Squid Game, people who find themselves on the brink of financial damage are recruited right into a mysterious contest where they are promised a life-changing sum of money if they win a collection of children’s games. But the kicker is if they lose, they die. Things quickly get bloody amongst the contestants themselves as they struggle to not only win, but survive. 

At first, the notion of an American movie star showing on the Netflix present famous for bringing South Korean actors into the mainstream for U.S. audiences appears absurd. After all, Squid Game made history by changing into the primary non-English-language show to be nominated for and win Emmys in the united states, similar to star Lee Jung-jae winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and the primary episode, “Red Light, Green Light,” successful Hwang an Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award. 

It’s important to notice that the Korean-language present has long toyed with people’s notion of fame. For instance, some of the implications of the casting choices and bits of dialogue in Squid Game no doubt take on a meta-commentary meaning when seen by way of the lens of its South Korean audience — however lost on its American audience.

As an example, Lee Byung-hun performs the antagonist Front Man in Squid Game, and he’s a huge star in South Korea. At one level, other characters in Squid Game speak about Lee Byung-hun’s movie Inside Men. This would be the equal of characters in The Departed, starring DiCaprio, talking about Titanic. However, such insight was misplaced on American audiences if they weren’t already acquainted with the work of Lee Byung-hun, who has also appeared in Hollywood movies like Terminator Genysis, the remake of The Magnificent Seven, and the G.I. Joe movies.

Hence, DiCaprio’s look on Squid Game might truly make excellent sense, depending on the position he’s in. Like Lee Byung-hun, DiCaprio can additionally be a significant film star, so placing him in a role in the present that subverts fans’ pre-conceived expectations may have the identical impact on American audiences as the unveiling of the Front Man had on South Korean audiences. 

Plus, DiCaprio has already had experience literally getting his palms bloody in a villainous role as Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, making him primed to painting a violent position once once more, as WGTC author Charlotte Simmons has identified.

Without further adieu, let’s count down the highest roles we’d wish to see DiCaprio play in Squid Game, in ascending order. 

#5 – An ill-fated contestant 

For probably the most half, we nonetheless think the contestant characters in Squid Game ought to probably be reserved for South Korean stars to shine, such as the Emmy-winning Lee Jung-jae and the Emmy-nominated fan favorite HoYeon Jung. 

However, there’re 456 contestants who started out firstly of Squid Game’s first season, leaving plenty of room for minor cameos if a future sport had been to begin out in an identical means.

Many of the characters in Squid Game die early on within the contest and barely have any display time, which we predict can be the perfect kind of cameo for DiCaprio to play within the show. Rather than taking the limelight from other actors who might be introduced to American audiences for the primary time, we’d propose DiCaprio seems within the background — nearly an Easter egg — as one of the many people who get shot for failing at maintaining still during the Red Light, Green Light sport, for instance. 

#4 – A new Front Man 

We’re not proposing changing Lee Byung-hun because the Front Man in Squid Game. But if that character have been to die through the show’s second season and a new Front Man was to take his place for season three, we would be intrigued to see who the new boss behind the masks could probably be.

Should season three of Squid Game hold the identity of a replacement Front Man in secret for a quantity of episodes, corresponding to what they did in season one, seeing DiCaprio’s mug beneath the mask could have the sort of expectation-shattering impact on American audiences as Lee Byung-hun’s preliminary reveal was to South Korean audiences.

Like Henry Fonda’s reveal as an against-type villain in Once Upon a Time in the West, audiences could audibly gasp seeing DiCaprio’s face as one of the masterminds of the merciless game in a future season of Squid Game.

#3 – A new Salesman and/or recruiter 

Similar to other actors in Squid Game, Gong Yoo is a serious star in South Korea, making his minor supporting position as a recruiter generally known as the Salesman all the extra intriguing. Even American audiences might recognize Gong as the star of the South Korean-language film Train to Busan, hailed by many critics as one of many very best zombie movies ever made.

The juxtaposition of Gong’s considerable star energy being relegated to such a comparatively small function makes it the proper opportunity for DiCaprio to do the identical factor in a similar way for a future season. 

Gong’s Salesman, as he’s recognized, wasn’t even given a name in Squid Game, and only had a few scenes in which he entices Lee Jung-jae’s character to become fascinated within the contest by playing a slap-happy folded paper sport of Ddakj that finally won him money.

Presumably, there are much more recruiters that work for the mysterious firm that runs the Squid Game on the planet of the show who are just like the subway-haunting Salesman. Perhaps a sort of recruiters could be performed by DiCaprio in a fast scene, just like how DiCaprio’s character Dom Cobb in Inception recruited Elliot Page’s character in that very same movie. 

It would be cool to see DiCaprio make such a cameo and Gong return for his function as the Salesman inside the same season. The two may even share a scene together where they grab a donut on a coffee break as colleagues or something. 

#2 – An nameless guard

One of one of the best potential cameos DiCaprio could make on Squid Game might be the type the place audiences aren’t even aware it is taking place. In the present, droves of guards put on pink jumpsuits and helmets obscuring their faces. The soldiers, staff, and managers could be as disposable because the contestants themselves at times, not in contrast to the cannon fodder often recognized as stormtroopers in Star Wars.

Speaking of Star Wars, the inspiration for this suggestion comes from the reality that Daniel Craig, a megastar who portrayed James Bond in films like No Time to Die, actually made a cameo as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as Entertainment Weekly reported. 

A DiCaprio cameo as an nameless guard in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene might simply make for a fun Easter egg for followers to attempt to dissect. 

#1 – A VIP

Of all of the possible cameos DiCaprio might hypothetically make in a forthcoming season of Squid Game — assuming Hwang wasn’t pulling our collective leg with the casting tease — the Gangs of New York star playing a VIP in the present would make the most sense, narratively and thematically. 

In case you need a reminder, the VIPs in Squid Game were the wealthy elites who got here to lounge in the secretive compound’s backrooms so as to observe the contestants like they had been racehorses. The VIPs would view the video games on large displays from behind their masquerade-like masks within the likenesses of animals, making bets from the comfort of leather-based couches on who they suppose would in the end win the competition. 

What’s more, many of the VIPs within the first season of Squid Game had been depicted as wealthy Americans who spoke English so the casting of DiCaprio wouldn’t be misplaced when it comes to being an English speaker in a largely South Korean-language show. That would make the DiCaprio cameo make sense from a narrative standpoint.

Since DiCaprio is himself arguably a wealthy elite whose profile is perhaps not not like the VIPs within the show, a cameo by him in such a job would also make complete thematic sense. It could be a enjoyable dose of the kind of meta-commentary that Squid Game has now turn into famous for if DiCaprio played a lightly fictionalized model of himself, much like how Nicolas Cage played himself within the movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Because in any case, DiCaprio might very well be a famous American movie star who likes to gamble on life-or-death contests on secretive islands, for all we all know.

A Squid Game season two is in the works, however it won’t be coming out till 2024, in accordance with Deadline.

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