Im Soo-jung, Go Kyung-pyo courted for tvN’s Chicago Typewriter
Im Soo-jung, Go Kyung-pyo
This casting news keeps changing as I write try to write it up, so here’s to hoping the facts stay put for now. The upcoming tvN fantasy human rom-com drama Chicago Typewriter, which has drawn some buzz for courting first Park Shin-hye (who has since declined) and then Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons), has been busy trying to secure other stars as well, and the new names in this latest wave of news are Im Soo-jung (Time Renegades, All About My Wife), Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate), Seolhyun (Orange Marmalade), and Jo Woo-jin (The Lonely Shining Goblin).
The drama has an intriguing fusion-y fantasy premise, involving a bestselling author, Han Se-joo, called the Korean Stephen King, who falls into a severe career slump. This is the role still out on offer to Yoo Ah-in, and the story centers around him, his ghostwriter Jin-oh, his passionate anti-fan, and an old typewriter. Adding a dash of mystery to the plot is the part where the three main characters are also the reincarnated souls of writers who struggled through the turbulent 1930s during the Japanese Occupation years.
Go Kyung-pyo is up to play the ghostwriter, while AOA idol Seolhyun was first reported to be up to play the anti-fan. However, those reports were almost immediately refuted, with tvN stating that no official offer had been made, and that they’d only had a meeting about the possibility. A few hours later, reports emerged that Im Soo-jung had been extended an offer to play the lead role, which makes a lot more sense and would be quite an exciting development, as Im has not done a drama since 2004’s melodrama hit I’m Sorry, I Love You. The character sounds like it’s got potential to be quirky and interesting; she’s a veterinarian who was once Se-joo’s biggest fan, but at some point she turned against him to be an avid anti instead.
Jo Woo-jin is the only cast member confirmed thus far, and he is the author’s friend and editor who first suggests that he hire a ghostwriter while he battles his writer’s block. The character is described as a materialistic and peculiar person who’s impossible to hate, which seems about up Jo Woo-jin’s alley, after having made the most of his short scenes in Goblin as the dryly funny Secretary Kim.
Chicago Typewriter comes from writer Jin Soo-wan, who penned some big hits for MBC, such as fantasy sageuk romance The Moon That Embraces the Sun and romance melodrama(-slash-comedy-psychological-thriller?) Kill Me, Heal Me. Directing is PD Kim Chul-kyu of last year’s romance melodrama On the Way to the Airport. The drama is set to follow tvN’s current weekend series Tomorrow With You, and will premiere in May.
Seolhyun, Jo Woo-jin
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