Twenty years after the deaths of the legendary rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., we’re getting a scripted true crime series about their murders.
USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie, will explore the climate of hip-hop during the early and mid-’90s before examining the bitter East Coast versus West Coast rivalry that cost the young rappers their lives.
Casting has already been set with some fresh and familiar faces in the mix. In the role of Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996 while driving through Las Vegas, actor Marcc Rose will be stepping back into Shakur’s shoes. If you recall, he first played the “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” legend in the 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. However, in the film, Rose did not do Tupac’s vocals. Actor Darris Love actually recorded the rap scenes in the film because Rose didn’t sound enough like Pac. Hopefully, Rose has done a ton of practicing since then to the sound down perfectly. Newcomer Wavvy Jonez has been slated to step into Biggie Smalls’ shoes. After sending in a video audition, Jonez was immediately cast as the mega-talented East Coast rapper who was murdered just six months after Pac, while driving in Los Angeles.
With Emmy-winning director Anthony Hemingway, who is known for his work on Underground and The People v. O.J. Simpson at the helm of this project, we will also be seeing some familiar faces onscreen. Actor/singer Luke James is set to play Sean “Puffy” Combs, Aisha Hinds who is currently killing it on Shots Fired and Underground will portray Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and LeToya Luckett will play Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of Suge Knight. Bokeem Woodbine, Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson will round out the cast as the three detectives who played integral roles in investigating these murders. The series is based on the book, Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations which was written by Detective Greg Kading, Josh Duhamel’s character.
This is second project surrounding Tupac and Biggie that is slated to be released this year. The controversial and long-awaited Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me is set to drop June 16, 2017.