It has been confirmed that actress Jeon Jong-seo used to be a strong candidate for the role of Kang Sae-byeok in ‘Squid Game’.
On the 30th, Newsen reported the story behind the casting of Netflix’s ‘Squid Game‘. It is known that ‘Squid Game’ signed a contract with Netflix in September 2019 and requested a number of actors.
‘Squid Game’ has become a worldwide phenomenon since its release thanks to its incredible content and excellent performances from its talented cast. The series and its cast have successfully won many awards at prestigious film awards all around the world .
In particular, Jung Ho-yeon, the model/actress who took on the role of Kang Sae-byeok in ‘Squid Game’, won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Award for her performance in the series at 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for the award of the same name at the 74th Emmy Awards.
On September 28, Jung Ho-yeon was named in the 2022 “TIME 100 Next” list “that recognizes 100 rising stars from across industries and around the world.”
However, the story behind the casting process of ‘Squid Game’ has revealed that director Hwang Dong-hyuk and the series’ production company Siren Pictures Inc. used to consider another actress for the role of Kang Sae-byeok before Jung Ho-yeon.
This actress’ name was Jeon Jong-seo.
Jeon Jong-seo left a strong impression in the audience’s hearts with her excellent performance of the character Shin Hae-mi in the movie ‘Burning’ (2018). Jeon Jong-seo’s eyes, appearance, emotion, as well as acting skills in this work were highly praised by director Hwang Dong-hyuk and was said to fit well with the character Kang Sae-byeok in ‘Squid Game’.
The production team of ‘Squid Game’ then sent a meeting request to those who are acquainted with Jeon Jong-seo. They even organized a private meeting with Jeon Jong-seo but sadly, the result didn’t go well.
The reason was said to be that at that time, Jeon Jong-seo’s management company was focusing on other works that were talked about, not ‘Squid Game’. In the end, Jeon Jong-seo’s meeting was postponed, and Jung Ho-yeon was selected for the role in a public audition.
Netizens’ reactions to the belated story, “I’m curious about Jeon Jong-seo’s Kang Sae-byeok. It seems like she would fit the role so well.”, “The two actresses do have similar facial expressions though.”, “It would be fun if she appears in the sequel”, etc.