USA Network Casts Its Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG for Upcoming Pilot

Marcc Rose played “Changes” rapper in “Straight Outta Compton,” while newcomer Wavvy Jonez won an open casting call

USA Network has cast “2 of Americaz Most Wanted”: The cable channel has selected its Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. for upcoming pilot “Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac” (working title).

The cable channel has cast Marcc Rose (pictured above, left) as ‘Pac — that’s the young man who played Shakur in F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton.” “Unsolved” will mark the acting debut for Wavvy Jonez (above, right), who was discovered during a nationwide open casting call to fill the role of Biggie Smalls.

Rose and Jonez join previously announced cast Josh Duhamel as Detective Greg Kading, Jimmi Simpson as Detective Russell Poole and Bokeem Woodbine as Officer Daryn Dupree.

From Universal Cable Productions “Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac” is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations into the unsolved murders of the rappers. Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and will executive produce along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company.

The drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD detective 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.” Kyle Long is writing the pilot for USA and will also executive produce.

Rose is represented by ICM Partners. Jonez is repped by Yasmine Pearl at First Access Entertainment.