Novelist Yoo Ah-in barters in hearts for Chicago Typewriter
So far, tvN’s Chicago Typewriter looks kooky and krazy but in the best way possible. This new mystery rom-com is centered around Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons), who plays a prickly bestselling novelist currently experiencing a slump in his career due to a serious case of writer’s block. Because of the building pressure from his publishers and his fans, he decides to use a ghostwriter, played by Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate).
But according to the newly released teasers, it looks like their relationship will be centered around one woman’s love life, presumably referring to the main female lead, a veterinarian and Yoo Ah-in’s No. 1 fan, played by Im Soo-jung (Time Renegades). Still cuts show her trying to find him at an airport, where he is surrounded by a crowd of his fans. In addition, photos from the script read were also released, and Yoo looks already like the embodiment of his sensitive artiste role.
The latest teasers are shot in the same style as the first two, with each individual character scene being revolved around an axis like being rotating on a typewriter cylinder. This time, there’s a little more information offered about what will go down in the drama. Go Kyung-pyo introduces himself and proposes an offer to Yoon Ah-in: “I’m Ghostwriter Yoo Jin-young. I’ll write it for you, on one condition.” When the author asks what that condition is, Go asks him to “Please stop this girl’s romance.” Yoo’s voiceover says, “His [Go Kyung-pyo] secret offer sounded sweet to me.”
In the next teaser, Im Soo-jung is surrounded by several copies of his book and many fan letters as she says, “Mr. Writer, I am your number one fan.” Holding out a bouquet, she confesses, “Mr. Writer, I love you.” Yoo Ah-in just tells her to scram. Suddenly, her demeanor changes, her fan T-shirt is ripped away, and she points angrily at camera, telling him that from now on she’ll be an anti-fan. His ending voiceover says, “In hindsight, I shouldn’t have made this woman an anti-fan.”
So already, we have a complicated love polygon with contracts and bribery involved and an unrequited infatuation turned hostile, crossing the fine line between love and hate. And coming from writer Jin Soo-wan, who created Ji Sung’s 2015 hit drama Kill Me, Heal Me, which incorporated so many different elements including fantasy, mystery, and rom-com so well, I can’t help but be excited for Chicago Typewriter to start airing.
tvN’s upcoming Friday-Saturday drama Chicago Typewriter will premiere on April 7.