Above is your first-look at “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” – a new true crime series, which is envisioned as an anthology by USA Network. The network has officially given a series order to the project.
The first season will chronicle the dual police investigations into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players.
Marcc Rose (as Tupac) and Wavyy Jonez (as Biggie Smalls) lead a cast that also includes Luke James, Aisha Hinds and LeToya Luckett.
Luke James plays Sean “Puffy” Combs; Aisha Hinds is Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother; and LeToya Luckett is Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of Death Row records CEO Suge Knight.
The cast also includes Bokeem Woodbine, Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson – all 3 playing the detectives who were integral in the cases surrounding the highly-publicized murders.
The series is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders.
“The People. v. O.J. Simpson’s” Anthony Hemingway directed the pilot, and is serving as an executive producer, alongside Mark Taylor and Kyle Long, who is penning the script.
It’s one of at least 2 scripted projects in the works on the Tupac/Biggie murders; the other is the feature film “LAbryinth” which will also tackle the 1990’s investigation into the unsolved murders, unfolding through the eyes of the Los Angeles detective – Russell Poole – who was in charge of the inquiry; Johnny Depp is attached to star, with Forest Whitaker also on board.