Entertainment10 March 2020
SEOUL, March 11, 2020 - Netflix Inc., the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, announced that the casting of Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo in lead roles has been confirmed for Round Six, an original series to be directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, whose other works include The Fortress, Miss Granny and Silenced.
Round Six depicts a story of people who decide to become the players of a mysterious survival game that has a whopping 40-million-dollar prize at stake. Gi-hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, seems defeated by life after being fired from his job. He decides to join the survival game to win prize money. Sang-woo, played by Park Hae-soo, is Gi-hun’s childhood friend and he also joins the game as he gets in trouble at work despite all the hard work he has done to be where he is at now.
Lee Jung-jae is one of Korea’s most well-known film and television actors. He has performed in such popular films and TV dramas as Along with the Gods series, Assassination, The Thieves, Svaha: The Sixth Finger, New World and Chief of Staff.
Park Hae-soo who made a name for himself in Prison Playbook, is also well known for his recent film Time to Hunt and the Netflix original anthology series Persona.
The literal translation of Round Six’s Korean title is ‘Squid Game’ (오징어 게임), which is the street game Gi-hun and Sang-woo played together when they were young. It’s quite a physical game that only ends when there’s a final winner, much like the survival game they play now. It’s named as such because players are to draw different geometric shapes on the ground, which, as a whole, look like a squid.
Round Six will premiere globally, only on Netflix.
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L to R | Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo
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