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Carlo Aquino loses chance to star in hit Korean series 'Squid Game' due to pandemic

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Carlo Aquino loses chance to star in hit Korean series 'Squid Game' due to pandemic
Carlo Aquino and Abdul Ali of "Squid Game".
Photo Release, Netflix

MANILA, Philippines — Carlo Aquino received an offer to be part of the cast of Netflix's top series "Squid Game."

In Instagram posts that Carlo reposted in his Instagram stories, it was revealed that the award-winning Filipino actor got an offer to be part of the cast from "Squid Game" director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

According to Carlo's regrammed post, he was cast to originally play the role of Abdul Ali or Player No. 199, a Pakistani foreign worker in Korea who joined the deadly competition to help his wife and baby after his employer refused to pay his salary. The role eventually went to 34-year-old Indian theater, film and TV star Anupam Tripathi, who has appeared in many Korean movies and dramas, including “Arthdal Chronicles,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “Space Sweepers,” “Taxi Driver,” “The 8th Night," “Ode to My Father" and “Hospital Playlist.”

Carlo reportedly missed his chance to be part of the survival-themed series, ranked as among Netflix's top series in 22 countries as of the moment, due to travel restrictions.

Instagram post reposted by Carlo Aquino on his Instagram stories, baring that the actor received an offer to star in 'Squid Game.'
Carlo Aquino via Instagram, screenshot

"Squid Game" is about a group of cash-strapped players who accept an invitation to compete in children's games. A whopping 45.6 billion won (roughly P1.9 billion) await the ultimate winner, but it comes with a deadly prize.  

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