Murders of Biggie & Tupac To Be Portrayed With New Series On USA Network
Hip-Hop’s most tragic deaths is set to be release in a new scripted series portraying the unsolved murders of Hip-Hop’s most iconic rivals. USA’s scripted drama pilot that follows the major police investigations into the murders of the iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Marcc Rose (Straight Outta Compton) and newcomer Wavyy Jonez have been tapped to play Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., respectively, in the new series properly titled, ‘Unsolved’. Rose will play Tupac Shakur. A poet, actor and legendary rapper, Shakur was as brilliant as he was self-destructive. Shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, his murder still remains unsolved today. Jonez is set to portray Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggie Smalls. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wallace quickly went from honor student to small-time drug dealer to the face of East Coast rap.
Reportedly, ‘Unsolved’ is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and wrote the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Rose and Jonez joins fellow castmembers Josh Duhamel as Detective Kading, Jimmi Simpson as Detective Russell Poole and Bokeem Woodbine as Officer Daryn Dupree.
‘Unsolved’ will be directed by Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), who will also executive produce alongside Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Kyle Long (Suits) is writing the pilot and will also executive produce.
More as this story develops.