The new series is due this winter
The true-crime anthology series is quickly becoming a staple on television. Following the success of shows like The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, plenty of networks are eager to hop on board with their own dramatizations of famous crimes. Plus… Given the unending interest around the murders of Tupac and Biggie — and the rise of the hip-hop biopic — it was only a matter of time before some network decided to let a few actors put on 90s period costumes and act out some of the most famous cold cases in history.
The trailer for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G has just dropped via USA, and it looks like the network is pulling out all the stops on their latest project. The project — which execs hope will be the launching point for an Unsolved anthology series — decides not to tread on the well-worn path leading up to the rappers’ murders and focuses instead on the investigation immediately following their deaths.
Josh Duhamel is playing the lead role of Detective Greg Kading. Jimmy Simpson plays Detective Russell Poole.
According to Deadline, the screenplay pulls heavily from Kading’s book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
The series will feature turns for Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez, who play Tupac and Biggie. R&B singer Luke James will once again take on the role of a music legend, following up his turn as Johnny Gill with a chance to play Diddy.
The production is also bringing in talent on the other side of the camera to make sure that everything goes swimmingly. The pilot episode was directed by American Crime Story’s Anthony Hemingway. The whole series was written by Suit’s Kyle Long, with consultation coming directly from Kading.
The first run-through of Unsolved will follow Kading as he leads multiple task forces investigating the death of Biggie. The series follows the force as they try to keep from being embarrassed in a case that the entire country is watching. Of course, we all know how that turned out, but it will still be interesting to see the detective’s head down the many dead ends that led to where the case sits today.
Watching the trailer, it’s clear that the series will dive deep into the potential missteps of Kading and his crew. It will also question whether or not the race of the victims had something to do with the amount of work that was put into solving their murders.
Watch the Trailer
Suge Knight recently floated the idea that Tupac’s murder was a failed hit on himself. Knight theorized the hit was orchestrated by his ex-wife Sharitha Knight and Reggie Wright Jr., the former head security chief of Death Row Records. However, he also regurgitated the old story about Tupac possibly being alive in Who Shot Tupac & Biggie?, so anything he says should be taken with a massive grain of salt.
Check out the trailer up top. Unsolved is expected to drop this winter. What do you think? Will this be another hit on the scale of the O.J. story? Are you Tupac & Biggie-d out after watching Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien dive into the case last month? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.