The agency has been scooping up talent left and right. Earlier this month, “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider, who made headlines with the second-longest win streak in game show history, announced that she had signed with CAA after revealing plans to write a book.
Lee Jung-Jae Signs With CAA For Representation As An Actor, Director, & Producer
Although Lee stars in as Seong Gi-Hun in the popular Netflix series “Squid Game,” he is not only seeking representation through CAA as an actor. He is also looking to produce and direct other projects as well.
Still, it’s his “Squid Game” role that has put Lee on the map and earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series. Lee is the first male television actor to earn a SAG Award nomination for a non-English language role. The series has been nominated for four SAG Awards total.
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Lee was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actor in a Drama Series. He was also nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. This latest nomination breaks another record and makes him the first male Asian actor to receive a Best Actor nomination across all three award show categories.
Lee Jung-Jae Is Preparing For His Next Film ‘Hunt’
Although fans are happy that “Squid Game” season 2 is officially a go, Lee is already looking ahead to his next project. He will be making his directorial debut in the film “Hunt,” in which he will also star alongside Jung Woo-Sung. Lee wrote and produced the film as well. The film will be released in Korea through Megabox Plus M and there is no word if it will eventually way to Netflix or another streaming service at a later date.
In December 2021, Lee was selected as Gallup Korea’s Film Actor of the Year for his many roles, which also include several Korean movies such as “Deliver Us From Evil,” “The Face Reader,” “Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island,” and the “Along with the Gods” franchise. Along with “Squid Game,” he has also appeared in several TV series like “Chief Of Staff” and “Triple.”
But What About ‘Squid Game’ Season 2?
At the end of January, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos revealed that “The Squid Game universe has just begun” in a fourth-quarter earnings call, where he also officially confirmed the show’s second season.
Ever since “Squid Game” became available for streaming in September 2021, it has proven to be an overwhelming success for the streaming service. The nine-episode series has been viewed by over 142 million households and has been streamed for over 1.6 billion hours. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk – who wrote, directed, and produced the series – has previously expressed that he would love to make a second season of the hit show, or even a third, so it looks like there is a lot more “Squid Game” to come.
Netflix also revealed that they will be streaming 25 South Korean shows this year, noting the success of “Squid Game” and the 2020 Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” which had initially opened at Cannes to an eight-minute standing ovation.
“They didn’t try to make the show different so that it would travel, but tried to find all the things about Korean cinema and Korean drama and build them up in a way and new levels of production values,” Sarandos said.
“It’s not like we had to go in and teach anyone in Korea how to make great content,” he added. “It’s an incredible market for that. There’s always been curiosity around the world, [the] K Drama market has always had pockets of success all over the place, but the ease of delivery that we’ve offered has pushed that into the mainstream.”
There is still no official release date for when season 2 of “Squid Game” will hit Netflix but fans can’t wait to see where Lee’s career goes from here!