With all things “true crime” related peaking in popularity, it seemed inevitable that the unsolved cases of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. would finally find their way to the screen. In November it was announced that USA Networks had purchased the pilot for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., a series centered around the murders of the rap legends. According to Variety, the series impressed early screeners and has been picked up for a full season.
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The dramatic series will focus on two police investigations into the suspicious murders. The show will take the experiences of former LAPD detective, Greg Kading, who served as a consultant on the pilot script and will also be a co-executive producer. Kading led several task forces on the Shakur and Smalls murders and also wrote a book, Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) will star as Greg Kading with Jimmi Simpson (Transformers, Las Vegas) as Russell Poole, the lead investigator in the 1997 case. Jamie McShane (Bloodline) will play Detective Fred Miller, Poole’s partner, as Brent Sexton (The Killing) will portray Detective Brian Tyndall, a who worked with Kadling in reopening of the investigation. Bookeem Woodbine (Ray, Fargo TV Series) will play Daryn Dupree, an LAPD officer, who along with Poole, believes there may have been foul-play from the police force themselves in the murders. The show will be written and executive produced by Kyle Long (Suits, The Good Guys.)
Tupac-Biggie Smalls Series ‘Unsolved’ Greenlit at USA Network https://t.co/zwPXfjYSls
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Newcomer Wavvy Jonez will play Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls) as Macc Rose (Straight Outta Compton) will take on Tupac. Also lined up in supporting roles are Luke James as Sean “Puffy” Combs and Aisha Hinds as Voletta Wallace. No word yet on who will play Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, who’s sure to make an appearance at some point during the series.
According to Variety, the series is likely to premiere in early 2018. If that feels like too long of a wait for you (because it does to me), you can still get your 2pac fix next month with the release of All Eyez on Me coming June 16th.