The scripted true crime limited series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G arrives on the USA Network starting February 27th. With the premiere date quickly approaching, I sat down with the cast and filmmakers behind the series at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to talk about the show. If you’re not aware, Sundance has really amped up their coverage of television and short-form series over the past few years. It’s a smart and necessary movie that has highlighted a number of ambitious shows like Unsolved.

If you haven’t yet heard about Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., it’s centered on the investigation into the still unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G. The show chronicles the two major police investigations into the separate murders of these prolific rappers and it’s helmed by showrunner Anthony Hemingway, a studied and inventive director who has worked on American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ and The Wire. Greg Kading, a former LAPD detective who worked on both investigations, wrote the bestselling true crime book “Murder Rap” that served as the source material for the show.

While at Sundance, Josh Duhamel (Kading), Jimmi Simpson (Detective Russell Poole), Wavyy Jonez (Wallace), Marcc Rose (Shakur), Kyle Long (creator/writer) and Hemingway visited the Collider Studio. They talked about trying to balance the line between fact and fiction when telling a true story, how they show came about, if they ever talked about doing more or less episodes than 10, if they had any storylines removed due to time constraints, what it was like on set, what Anthony Hemingway brought to the project, and a lot more. In addition, they all played an extended version “Get to Know Your Sundance Attendee” which included questions like the last great movie they saw, the last show they binged, what they collect, drink of choice, what’s their karaoke song, and you can even watch some of them quote lines from some favorite movies.

Check out what Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Kyle Long, and Anthony Hemingway had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone at Kia and The Future Party for helping to make these interviews happen at the Kia Supper Suite and offering up transportation in the all new Kia Stinger high performance Sportback for our guests. We’d also like to thank Altec Lansing, Kunde Wines, Blue Moon Brewing, and Topo Chico for their support.

Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Kyle Long, and Anthony Hemingway:

  • Anthony talks about how the show came about and what was it about the material that said he had to do it?
  • Trying to balance the line between fact and fiction when telling a true story.
  • They each talk about working on the show, what it’s about and telling the story over 10 episodes.
  • What was it like for people watching the actors playing Tupac and Biggie when they were in scenes together?
  • Did they ever talk about doing 8 or 13 episodes instead of 10? The show covers 20 years.
  • Did they have any storylines they removed due to time constraints?
  • The actors talk about how they like to work on set and what was it like working with Anthony Hemingway?
  • Who ruined the most takes and why?
  • They all play get to know your Sundance attendee which includes questions like the last great movie they saw, the last show they binged, what they collect, drink of choice, what’s their karaoke song, and you can even watch some of them quote lines from some favorite movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.:

From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) into the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez).

Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) directed the pilot and will executive produce the series, along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Kading, who will also serve as co-executive producer, led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.

The series also stars Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) as Detective Russell Poole, Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) as Officer Daryn Dupree, Jamie McShane (Bloodline) as Det. Fred Miller, Brent Sexton (The Killing) as Det. Brian Tyndall, Luke James (Black Nativity) as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Aisha Hinds (Underground) as Biggie Smalls’s mother Voletta Wallace, and Letoya Luckett (Rosewood) as Suge Knight’s estranged wife Sharitha Golden.

The USA Network is gearing up to launch their latest scripted crime series later this month. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. will give viewers a behind the scenes look at the questions still surfacing about Tupac (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls’ (Wavyy Jonez) murders even two decades later.

The 10-episode series will premiere Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network. Anthony Hemingway, who also directed The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, spearheaded the project, while handling both director and executive producer roles alongside his partner, Mark Taylor.

Unsolved attempts to dissect the complicated relationship that led to both legendary rappers being killed within six months of each other. The Kyle Long-created limited series also delves into the faulty investigations led by Los Angeles Police Department detectives.

There is no denying that the hip-hop culture’s landscape shifted after the icons’ untimely deaths. Ultimately, the question at hand is: with how powerful U.S. law enforcement can be, how do these brutal murders remain unsolved all these years later?

Check out the show’s teaser, which will debut during Sunday’s (Feb. 4) Super Bowl, below. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. premieres Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

USA has unveiled the first trailer for Unsolved, the upcoming true crime drama focusing on the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

Westworld’s Jimmi Simpson plays LAPD detective Russell Poole in the scripted series, with Fargo’s Bokeem Woodbine and Josh Duhamel as fellow investigators in the two rappers’ murders.

“The true-crime drama series follows LAPD Detectives Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) and Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) as they work the cases nearly ten years apart, and sheds new light on the demise of Tupac and Biggie Smalls’ friendship that ultimately led to the legendary East Coast vs. West Coast hip hop rivalry,” the series’ synopsis reads.

“There is a very real possibility that the murder of Biggie Smalls is directly related to the murder of Tupac,” Poole says in the trailer. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is set to debut in 2018.

Marcc Rose, who portrayed Shakur in Straight Outta Compton, reprises the role of the rapper in Unsolved, with Wavyy Jonez cast in the role of the Notorious B.I.G. Anthony Hemingway, director on similarly styled The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, will also helm Unsolved.

The trio were also receiving offers from broadcast networks this pilot season.

USA Network has landed three in-demand leading men for its Tupac murder drama pilot Unsolved.

Set to star in the drama pilot are Josh Duhamel (11.22.63), Westworld breakout Jimmi Simpson and Fargo favorite Bokeem Woodbine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. All three actors had been receiving multiple offers for broadcast dramas this pilot season.

Unsolved is a true crime serialized drama that chronicles the two major police investigations into the slayings of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The drama hails from People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Emmy winner Anthony Hemmingway.

Duhamel will star as Detective Greg Kading. In 2006, Kading was asked to help spearhead a multi-agency task force with the purpose of finding out who was responsible for Christopher Wallace’s (aka Biggie Smalls) slaying. The casting marks Duhamel’s return to television following Hulu’s 11.22.63, CBS’ Battle Creek and NBC’s Las Vegas. His feature credits also include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Safe Haven and New Year’s Eve.

Simpson will portray Detective Russell Poole. In 1997, Poole investigated the slaying of Biggie Smalls and became convinced that the LAPD was covering something up. His findings eventually led Voletta Wallace to file a lawsuit against the department. Simpson’s credits include Westworld, Hap and Leonard, The Newsroom and Psych.

Woodbine, meanwhile, is set to play Officer Daryn Dupree. In 2006, Dupree became a key member of the task force — one with a deep knowledge of L.A. gangs and the rap industry. Woodbine’s credits include his Emmy-nominated role in Fargo as well as features Ray, Life and Riddick. He’ll next be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

From Universal Cable Productions, Unsolved will be directed by Hemmingway, who exec produces alongside Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Kyle Long (Suits) will pen the script and exec produce. The drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who is consulting on the pilot script and will also serve as co-executive producer. Kading led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.

Duhamel is repped by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management and Viewpoint. Simpson is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment. Woodbine is repped by Gersh and Jackoway Tyerman.