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Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ Confirms Expanded Cast for Season 2

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Netflix is still not revealing much about the second season of its hit Korean series “Squid Game.” But it has confirmed the expansion of a starry Korean cast.

The second season sees Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun, Wi Ha-jun and Gong Yoo reprise their roles as protagonist and antagonist survivors of the bloody elimination game.

The new story “will follow Gi-hun as he abandons his plans to go to the U.S. and starts a chase with a motive,” said Netflix on Tuesday in Korea. Earlier photos from Season 2 showed Lee’s Gi-hyun character with hair dyed beetroot red.

The company confirmed that Hwang Dong-hyuk, who became the first Asian to win outstanding directing for a drama series at the Primetime Emmy’s, is also re-set as director, writer, and producer and that production is through Firstman Studio.

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New cast members include Yim Si-wan (“The Attorney,” “Emergency Declaration”), Kang Ha-neul (“Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet”), Park Gyu-young (“Attack the Gas Station”), Lee Jin-uk, Park Sung-hoon, Yang Dong-geun, Kang Ae-sim (“Kim Ji-young: Born 1982”), Lee David (“The Terror Live”), Choi Seung-hyun, Roh Jae-won, Jo Yuri, and Won Ji.

The streamer remains infuriatingly vague as to when “Squid Game Season2” will become available. “Some time in 2024,” it reiterated Tuesday as it revealed a huge slate of new Korean films, series and reality shows.

The nine-episode first season of Dong-hyuk’s “Squid Game” launched in 2021. The drama about a deadly contest among poor competitors to win KRW45.6 billion proved to be an all-time smash hit for Netflix and was nominated for 14 Emmys, including best drama series (a first for a non-English-language series), winning six.

“The ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun,” said Netflix co-chief last month on a conference call with financial analysts. The “Squid Game” universe has already been expanded to include an unscripted competition series, “Squid Game: The Challenge,” and an upcoming video game.

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