USA Network is prepping production for its upcoming series Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac, a drama about the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
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Marcc Rose will play Tupac and newcomer Wavyy Jonez will play Biggie, Variety has learned. Rose will reprise his role from the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. Jonez was discovered by way of a national casting call and will be making his acting debut. Biggie and Tupac were two of the biggest rappers in the world at the time of their deaths, and were primary players in the infamous East Coast/West Coast beef of the mid-'90s, which has fueled speculation that their murders are connected. The 24-year-old, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, is repped by ICM Partners. He also consulted on the script and co-executive produce the pilot.
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Unsolved is a series based on the real-life experiences of LAPD detective Greg Kading, who was the leader of an investigative team assigned to solved the murders of 2Pac and Biggie. Kyle Long is writing the pilot for United States of America and will also executive produce. In 2011, Kading authored Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Jonez is repped by Yasmine Pearl at First Access Entertainment.
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In related news, the 2Pac biopic, All Eyez on Me, will finally open in theaters on June 16, which would have been the late rapper's 46th birthday.