Persistent fangirl meets crabby writer in tvN’s Chicago Typewriter
We finally get a peek at the actual drama in the latest teasers for Chicago Typewriter, tvN’s new mystery rom-com about a star writer and his biggest anti-fan and their connection to a secretive ghostwriter. Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons) stars as Han Se-joo, a famous novelist with an ego the size of Jupiter to match his successful career. A bad case of writer’s block will force him to take on a ghostwriter, played by Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate), and he’ll also get caught up in a series of hijinks with his biggest fan, played by Im Soo-jung (Time Renegades).
The latest teasers introduce us to star writer Han Se-joo who says imperiously, “Isn’t writer’s block just an excuse invented by whiny people who want a reason to drink?” Im Soo-jung’s character is named Jeon Seol (which also means “legend”), and she’s a legend in the fan community. She declares that fandom can change the world, firmly believing that she’s doing important work. Go Kyung-pyo plays ghostwriter Yoo Jin-oh and says in his character introduction, “I’m not in a position to reveal my name freely, so just call me Yoo.”
In the second teaser below, Seol suddenly shows up on Se-joo’s doorstep and he assumes that she’s a stalker, or maybe a thief who wants to steal his story ideas. As they chase his dog down the street, she says he has a wild imagination, and he declares, “The dog and I have gone our separate ways. He says he won’t run with me ever again!” She tries repeatedly to say that she’s not a stalker, but he just robotically orders her to lower her volume, throw away her soup, and throw away her expectations. By the end of that scene they’re huddled under a table and she’s screaming, “Why are you so selfish?!”
An antique typewriter seems to draw all three of our characters with some sort of supernatural pull, and the second they touch it, we’re transported to the 1930s where Im Soo-jung rides her bicycle into the sunset and Yoo Ah-in looks positively smitten with her. This typewriter will be what the ghostwriter uses to do his work, and it’s the item that links the three characters together and connects them to their past lives 80 years ago. Producers say that the title is a reference to the Thompson submachine gun nicknamed the Chicago Typewriter (because the sound of the gun being fired resembles the sound of a typewriter’s keys), and though their typewriter is literal, there is a hidden meaning in the title that we’ll just have to watch to find out. Clever fiends.
Chicago Typewriter premieres next Friday, April 7 on tvN.
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