The Tupac and Biggie ‘Unsolved’ series Netflix debut will be on February 27, 2019. One year after it’s debut on the USA Network.
Emmy award winner Anthony Hemingway directed the series. Hemingway is most notable for his work on The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story. Greg Kadding co-executive produced the series. Greg Kaesong also authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
Unsolved was released on Netflix in the U.K and other territories Summer of 2018. Now the series comes to the United States. The Unsolved series features some familiar faces.
Actor Bokeem Woodbine who plays officer Daryn Dupree in the Unsolved series formed a relationship with Tupac back in 1994. The two of them, Tupac and Bokeem met at the movie premiere for Jason’s Lyric in which Bokeem had a role in the movie. They would later have a chance to work together on the big screen in the movie Gridlock’d. Bokeem played the character of Mud in the movie and appeared in one scene. Bokeem would also make an appearance on the music video ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’. The hit single was featured on Tupac’s double album All Eyez On Me. The music was released after his death in 1996.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club, Bokeem spoke how his relationship with Tupac started. Also, during the interview Bokeem talked about the movie Juice, Unsolved and the music video I Ain’t Mad At Cha.
Marc Rose who was once considered to play Tupac in All Eyez On Me biopic portrays the legend in this series. Tupac’s stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur, was a consultant on Unsolved. Helping rose along the way. “He was on set with me throughout filming the show,” says Rose. “And his input meant more than anyone could imagine,” Rose explains to Tv Insider.
Rose would also tell Tv Insider, that he did his homework when preparing for the role of Tupac Shakur. ““I studied a lot of Tupac’s footage,” Rose continues. “I listened to his music, I was able to find the type of books he read.” Though it’s not widely known, Shakur, a published poet who studied theater at the Baltimore School for the Arts, was a huge fan of Shakespeare’s canon, including Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Adds Rose, “I studied his passion.”
Wavvy Jonez an MC himself plays Biggie Smalls. In 2014 Wavvy Jones the New York native, released his mixtape R.E.D.D.O.P.E (Real Everyday Drama Doing Over People’s Expectation). Wavyy Jones would go on The Dinner Club hosted by Outlawz member, EDI DON.
Josh Duhamel who will play Detective Greg Kading was recently interview by aol.com. When asked how he would hope people will react to Unsolved Duhamel had this to say, “This is what for it: That people get a chance to see Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls as human beings and not just as hip-hop icons. I want people to take away from this the idea that many people were affected by these murders.”
The complete interview can be read here Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson on tackling the ‘Unsolved’ murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls on screen
Around this time last year, Tupac & Biggie Unsolved Series debuted their commercial during Super Bowl LII.