USA Network’s got a story to tell about rap music loyalty.
The cable network on Friday announced a formal series order for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.The true crime series, which is envisioned as an anthology, will spend Season 1 chronicling “the dual police investigations into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players,” per USA’s official synopsis.
Straight Outta Compton‘s Marcc Rose and newcomer Wavyy Jonez play Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls, respectively. The ensemble also includes Josh Duhamel (11.22.63) as Greg Kading, the detective-turned-author whose book, Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases, was the basis for the series. Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards), meanwhile, will assume the role of Detective Russell Poole, while Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) is set to play Officer Daryn Dupree.
Additionally, the network has announced the casting of Jamie McShane (Bloodline) as Detective Fred Miller, Brent Sexton (The Killing) as Detective Brian Tyndall, Luke James (The New Edition Story) as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Aisha Hinds (Underground) as Voletta Wallace, the mother of Biggie Smalls, and Letoya Luckett (Rosewood) as Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of Suge Knight.
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Unsolved is being adapted by Suits scribe Kyle Long, who will serve as an executive producer alongside Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), who will direct the first episode. Kading, as well as Hemingway’s longtime producing partner, Mark Taylor, will also serve as producers on the project.
Unsolved is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2018. Will you be tuning in for Season 1 of the anthology?