Another day, and another true crime series announced by a network. USA has ordered a series focusing on the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, which will reportedly premiere in “early 2018”.
Variety outlined the details of the show, which will be called Unsolved, and the starring actors.
“Unsolved” will chronicle the two major police investigations into the separate murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The series is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders.
Josh Duhamel stars as Kading in the series, alongside Jimmi Simpson and Bokeem Woodbine, who both play detectives. Newcomer Marcc Rose plays Tupac and Wavyy Jonez plays The Notorious B.I.G.
Josh Duhamel? Jimmi Simpson? Bokeem Woodbine? Hell yeah, I’m all in on this one. This is the first credit for Jonez, while Rose made an appearance as Tupac in Straight Outta Compton (though he didn’t actually voice him).
As for Simpson and Woodbine, they’re playing real-life detectives that were involved in investigating the murders, just like Duhamel.
Simpson (“Westworld”) will play Detective Russell Poole, who in 1997, investigated the murder of Biggie, and became convinced the LAPD was covering something up. His findings eventually led Voletta Wallace to file a massive lawsuit against the department. Woodbine (“Fargo”) will play Officer Daryn Dupree. In 2006, Dupree became a key member of the task force, who had deep knowledge of both Los Angeles gangs and the rap industry.
Apparently, Tupac is a hot commodity more than 20 years after his murder. Just last week, a Tupac biopic was announced, while Unsolved was rumored late last year before being officially announced on Monday.
True crime series aren’t going anywhere, and considering there isn’t a shortage of material for any of these projects, I don’t expect the faucet to be turned off any time soon.