A new series that aims to take a close look at the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac is making its way to USA Network, and in anticipation of the program titled Unsolved, the company announced the actors who'll step into the shoes of the famed lyricists.
And newcomer Wavvy Jonez will play the rapper born Christopher Wallace and known alternately as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G.
The pilot marks the first acting role for Jonez, who was discovered after a nationwide casting call. Of the hundreds of hopefuls that submitted, Jonez's video audition captured the attention of casting directors and Emmy Award®-winning director Anthony Hemingway. The "Mo Money Mo Problems" rapper was shot and killed in Los Angeles, just six months after Shakur.
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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.
The two join previously cast actors Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine and Josh Duhamel, all three of whom will play police employees integral to the unsolved cases. His murder also remains unsolved today. Jonez is repped by Yasmine Pearl at First Access Entertainment. Kyle Long is writing the pilot for U.S. and will also executive produce. Kading consulted on the script and will serve as a co-executive producer on the pilot, which hails from Universal Cable Productions.