The scripted series will premiere in early 2018
Tupac Shakur (2Pac) and Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace and also known as Biggie Smalls) are set to be the focus of an hourlong murder mystery drama at USA Network in early 2018. The Universal-owned cable channel has ordered its Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. pilot to series with the first season focusing on the rappers’ unsolved murders during the infamous East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry of the 1990s.
The scripted true-crime drama chronicles the two major police investigations, headed by former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, into the murders of the rap icons. Kading, who wrote the book “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur,” will serve as executive producer and was a consultant on the pilot script.
The series stars newcomer Wavyy Jonez as Biggie; Marcc Rose as Shakur; Josh Duhamel as Kading; Jimmi Simpson as Detective Russell Poole; Bokeem Woodbine as Officer Daryn Dupree; Luke James as Sean “Puffy” Combs; Aisha Hinds as Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace and Letoya Luckett as Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of Suge Knight.
Unsolved is written and executive produced by Kyle Long (Suits). The series is envisioned to feature an unresolved high profile case each season.
The news comes ahead of the network’s Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York next week.