USA’s Unsolved casts Josh Duhamel in Tupac/Biggie Smalls Series
We, humans, are curious creatures. We like to know things, especially about other people. Like the universe itself, other people are simply unfathomable at times. It explains the rise of reality shows – we have become a society of voyeurs. One of the most unfathomable aspects of humanity, to most of us, fortunately, is how someone can kill another person. True crime is a booming business in books, movies and television, and we are all (myself included) just fascinated.
USA is counting on our curiosity with the scripted series Unsolved, which will premiere early in 2018. According to Deadline.com, it will be an anthology series, a format that’s becoming increasingly popular, covering a different high-profile unsolved case each season. They begin with the biggest murders in hip hop, the killings of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G.
Based on the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by Greg Kading, it will star Wavyy Jonez as Biggie and Marcc Rose as Tupac. Josh Duhamel will play Kading, the LAPD detective who ran multiple investigations into the murders.
Variety reports that Duhamel will be joining Jimmi Simpson as detective Russell Poole, who thought the LAPD was trying to cover things up, which led Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace (Aisha Hinds) to file a lawsuit against the department. Bokeem Woodbine plays Officer Daryn Dupree. Luke James will play Sean Puffy Combs, and Suge Knight‘s wife, Sharitha Golden will be played by Letoya Luckett. The show was developed by Kyle Long who also serves as the screenwriter. Anthony Hemingway is directing the pilot.
It’s interesting timing considering the biopic on Tupac, All Eyez On Me, will be released June 16. The two together should present a full picture of the rise to fame and the tragic demise of an electrifying artist. There is no word yet as to what other investigations the series might delve into after this one, but if it’s handled well and presents a nice companion to the feature film, I think this is one that will keep viewers coming back for more. There is, unfortunately, a lot of source material to mine, and, as the Making a Murderer series has shown, people just love a good murder story.