Chicago Typewriter’s star writer, ghostwriter, and anti-fan go for a spin
At last, here’s our first look at tvN’s Chicago Typewriter, the fantasy human rom-com from writer Jin Soo-wan of Kill Me, Heal Me, starring Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons) as a famous author struggling with writer’s block. The series finally has an airdate secured in early April, and has released a set of teasers introducing its three lead characters. On first glance, the show looks slick and stylish (not a surprise, since PD Kim Chul-kyu’s last drama On the Way to the Airport was beautifully directed), and Yoo Ah-in is going to have a field day with this character.
Yoo Ah-in stars as a prickly, sensitive bestselling author who broke out at the age of 21 as a genius writer and is now facing a career slump—he has writer’s block so severe that he can’t write a single word. So at the suggestion of his editor he takes on a ghostwriter, played by Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate), a character veiled in mystery.
Im Soo-jung (Time Renegades) co-stars as a veterinarian and huge literary buff, who was once Yoo Ah-in’s biggest fan and somehow ends up his biggest anti-fan, through a series of incidents. He’ll also have a rival in Kwak Shi-yang (Mirror of the Witch), the son of a famous author who suffers an inferiority complex because of Yoo Ah-in’s success. Complicating everything is the fact that our main characters are reincarnations of struggling writers who lived in the 1930s, during the Japanese Occupation.
The teasers all take on a typewriter motif, with the characters rotating on a cylinder like they’re being fed through a typewriter. In the first teaser below, Yoo Ah-in says, “I’m star writer Han Se-joo. But… I can’t write.” Go Kyung-pyo offers, “I’ll write for you. But I have one condition…” Yoo Ah-in asks what his terms are and then says in voiceover, “My secret deal with him has begun.”
In the second teaser, Yoo Ah-in says, “The two things I don’t need in my life: a ghostwriter and a woman. They’ve appeared.” Go Kyung-pyo gives him the same offer to write for him, while Im Soo-jung presents him with flowers saying, “I love you!” Yoo Ah-in gives an exasperated look and says in voiceover, “Love’s miracle that begins with an old typewriter. Antique romance Chicago Typewriter.” I don’t think the teasers give us any new information, but it’s great to see Yoo Ah-in having such fun with the character and playing up the eccentric genius. I can see now why he picked the role!
Chicago Typewriter is scheduled to follow Tomorrow With You on Fridays and Saturdays beginning April 7.
Via E Daily