USA Press Tour Winter ’18! How Unsolved Will Peel Back The Mysterious Murders Of Tupac Shakur & Notorious B.I.G.By Patrice Majorie | January 9, 2018 | Entertainment
Unsolved is a limited series that follows dual police investigations from 1997-2006 of the untimely deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG. Bringing these two megastars to life are Marcc Rose, reprising his role of Tupac Shakur as he portrayed the artist in the box office hit Straight Outta Compton; and hip-hop artist Wavyy Jonez as The Notorious B.I.G., making his acting debut – he was discovered via a social media audition which he recorded on his iPhone.
Marcc notes that meeting Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur before her death and Tupac’s brother, Mopreme Shakur, who serves as a contributing producer, all aided in his ability to bring the natural passion of Tupac Shakur to life on screen.
The series is created by Kyle Long, who has been fascinated by the deaths of these of prolific entertainers from the very beginning. He recalls moving to Los Angeles the year that Biggie was shot and admits he was obsessed with the investigation and felt that ultimately writing about the untimely deaths of these two profound and influential artists would be a great creative vice for him. He adds that this show is “very much about obsession and perception.” Adding to his creative team is director Anthony Hemingway who is no stranger to criminal investigative television.
Though Tupac and Biggie both left a huge and lasting mark in the music industry, “Undercover is not a show super constricted on their music,” says actor Jimmi Simpson, who plays Russell Poole, the Los Angeles Police Department detective who investigated the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. Though everyone involved agrees it would be great to obtain the rights to the slain rappers’ music, they agree that working with the producers who worked with both artists, like Easy Mo Bee and Dub C (WC) of West Side Connection, was just as fulfilling.
Unsolved airs February 27 on USA Network.
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