Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., USA Network's true crime pilot about the investigations of the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls murders, cast the roles of of Sean “Puffy” Combs, Biggie Smalls’ mother Voletta Wallace, and wife of Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Sharitha Golden.
Luke James (pictured above, right) is set to play Sean “Puffy” Combs, the young and wildly successful founder of Bad Boy Records, the label of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls. James is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose collaborative works include the co-writing of Britney Spears’ “Kill The Lights,” penning songs for Justin Bieber such as “That Should Be Me” and Chris Brown’s “Crawl.” His self-titled debut album Luke James was released in September 2014 by Island Records/New Age Rock Star Records and featured the Grammy-nominated single, “Options” featuring Rick Ross.
Aisha Hinds has been tapped for the role of Voletta Wallace. The mother of Biggie Smalls, Wallace talked to her son every day before his death in 1997 and, ever since, has never stopped seeking justice. Hinds is best known for her role in the Emmy-nominated series All The Way. Currently, Hinds can be seen in the upcoming second season of hit drama series Underground, and will also co-star in the 10-part event series Shots Fired.
Letoya Luckett will play Sharitha Golden. In 1997, she was the estranged wife of Death Row records CEO Suge Knight and seemingly one of the only people at the time not intimidated by him. Best known for her recurring roles in Rosewood and Ballers, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Luckett can also be seen on Single Ladies, Treme, and in the upcoming season of Greenleaf. Luckett is an original member of Destiny’s Child co-writing gold-certified singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name.”
In Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., Det. Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) leads an LAPD task force in 2004 to investigate the unsolved murders of Shakur (1996) and Wallace (1997). Previously announced cast also includes newcomer Wavyy Jonez as Biggie, Marcc Rose (Straight Outta Compton) as Tupac, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) as Det. Russell Poole, and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) as Officer Daryn Dupree.