Well, here’s one thing that won’t be a mystery anymore! Revealed today, USA Network’s new true crime pilot Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. has found three of its leads.
Josh Duhamel (Battle Creek, Las Vegas) will play Det. Greg Kading, the real-life LAPD who investigated the the high-profile murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls in 2006 and authored the book Murder Rap.
Following the timelines of two separate investigations, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. will also star Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards) as Det. Russell Poole, who probed the murder of Smalls aka Christopher Wallace in 1997. Convinced that the LAPD was trying to cover something up, Poole connected with Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, whose $400 million lawsuit against the city would eventually lead to another investigation into her son’s murder.
Emmy nominee Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, Southland) will play Officer Daryn Dupree, who became a key member of Kading’s task force in 2006 due to his deep knowledge of L.A. gangs and the rap industry.
Both rappers were fatally shot by unknown assailants during drive-by shootings -- Shakur in 1996 and Wallace in 1997. Their mysterious deaths are often thought to have been connected, propelling two decades’ worth of speculation, intrigue, and conspiracy theories.
Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) is directing the pilot and Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the screenplay. The casting of Shakur and Smalls is still unconfirmed.
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