Chicago Typewriter courts Kwak Shi-yang to be Yoo Ah-in’s rival
KBS’s upcoming fantasy-human-romantic-comedy Chicago Typewriter still hasn’t confirmed any leads yet—potential castings include Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons), Im Soo-jung (Time Renegades), and Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate)—but we get to throw Kwak Shi-yang’s (Mirror of the Witch, Second to Last Love) name into the mix as another possible addition.
The drama mixes fantasy elements into its contemporary storyline of a bestselling author (the role out to Yoo Ah-in) who hits a severe slump and hires a ghostwriter (possibly to be played by Go Kyung-pyo); the two men and the author’s former fan and now biggest anti-fan (the role offered to Im Soo-jung) share a curious connection amongst themselves and with an old typewriter. Moreover, the main characters are reincarnations of writers who struggled through hard lives in the 1930s, during the time of the Japanese Occupation.
Kwak Shi-yang is up to play a novelist and professor who is the hero’s rival. The hero is a wildly popular bestseller who’s described as something of a Korean Stephen King, and Kwak’s character feels quite jealous of him and also suffers an inferiority complex. He’s the only son of a famous writer and prominent figure in the South Korean literary world, which no doubt contributes to that attitude. The character will form a love triangle with the hero and the anti-fan heroine (so it sounds like the ghostwriter won’t be a romantic competitor, or at least not a significant one).
Kwak Shi-yang is pretty new to the scene, having debuted in the 2014 film Night Flight, which he followed with a small role in SBS weekender Feel-Good Day. I thought him very strong as the romantic lead in the upbeat music drama Persevere, Gu Hae-ra, though admittedly I haven’t liked him as much since that show (he was a junior chef in Oh My Ghostess, a possessive brother in fantasy sageuk Mirror of the Witch, and a younger love interest in Second to Last Love). But I do think he has appeal, and overall, this drama is looking at such a strong cast that I’m clinging to my high hopes for it.
The reincarnation aspect is the element that I don’t quite know what to make of, although I think this writer, Jin Soo-wan, is one who knows how to mix fantasy into the everyday. Her previous show The Moon That Embraces the Sun was more overtly fantastical, but Kill Me, Heal Me was an example of something that felt surreal but wasn’t exactly outside of the realm of reality. Directing is PD Kim Chul-kyu of On the Way to the Airport, which drew praise for its directorial finesse.
Chicago Typewriter plans to begin shooting at the end of February and will air on Fridays and Saturdays as tvN’s next weekend drama, following time-traveling romantic thriller Tomorrow With You.
Via Ten Asia
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