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‘Unsolved’: Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson & Bokeem Woodbine To Topline USA Pilot On Tupac Shakur & Biggie Smalls Murders

Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will lead the cast of Unsolved, USA’s scripted true crime serial drama pilot that chronicles the major police investigations into the murders of rap stars Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

Written by Kyle Long (Suits), Unsolved, from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who is played by Duhamel, author of the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murder. Simpson will play Detective Russell Poole. In 1997, Poole investigated the murder of Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggie Smalls. Poole became convinced the LAPD was covering something up, and his findings eventually led Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, to file a massive lawsuit against the department. Woodbine will portray Officer Daryn Dupree. In 2006, Dupree became a key member of the task force because of his deep knowledge of both Los Angeles gangs and the rap industry.

Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) is set to direct and will executive produce along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Long will also executive produce.

Simpson, known his role as Gavin in House of Cards, also recently appeared in Westworld, and has wrapped roles in Under the Silver Lake and an upcoming Errol Morris miniseries. He is repped by Industry Entertainment and WME.



‘Under The Silver Lake’ Adds Zosia Mamet, Jimmi Simpson, Patrick Fischler & More To Round Out Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Zosia Mamet, Jimmi Simpson and Patrick Fischler and Luke Baines have been cast in David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, the crime thriller that stars Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace. Production has begun on the film, with Callie Hernandez (La La Land), Riki Lindome (The Dramatics: A Comedy), and Don McManus (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) rounding out the cast.

The story centers on a man who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul’s murder and the kidnapping of a girl. Fifty Shades Of Grey and The Social Network producer Michael De Luca is producing the pic as well as Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski. A24 will distribute in the U.S.

Simpson currently is on the HBO series Westworld and his film credits include White House Down, Date Night, and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. He is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.

Under The Silver Lake is financed by VX119 Media Capital, along with Beasts Of No Nation producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg’s new banner Stay Gold Features and Michael Bassick’s Vendian Entertainment. IMR is handling international sales for the film.

CAA packaged the film and brokered the domestic and international distribution deals.

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