Unsolved stars delve into what happened to Tupac and Biggie Smalls

The stars of Unsolved were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the debut of the scripted true crime anthology series on February 27 on USA Network, and they think they have a fair idea of who killed Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G and why their killers were not brought to justice. The first season of the series premieres tonight, and it covers the controversial murders that occurred 20 years ago and the investigations into them over a span of 10 episodes.

Kyle Long, the creator of the show, said, "I think there's this presumption that, 'Well, it can't be that satisfying of a show because it's unsolved,' and I really don't think that's the case. I really think we lay it all out there in a way that's interesting. We definitely show what conclusions some police officers came to and the audience will have to make up their mind," hinting at new information hitherto unavailable to the public.

Director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway revealed, "The show's themes deal with perception and how perception challenges your best judgment, and just reminds us that we need to stop and think about our actions. By watching the show unfold, there is so much clarity that comes and new information that we just had no idea [about]. ... It'll show you the hard work that went into solving this case. You'll really get to see why it's unsolved because we do solve it."

Front Row: Actor Jimmi Simpson, director Anthony Hemmingway, Back Row: creator/executive producer Kyle Long, executive producer Mark Taylor, actors Bokeem Woodbine, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose and Josh Duhamel in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Jimmi Simpson plays Russell Poole, the LAPD detective who was responsible for the investigation into Biggie Smalls's murder in a drive-by shooting. He said, "I think it's still officially unsolved because 20 years ago, people didn't care enough that two young black men were killed and it was swept under the rug for a bit."

He continued, "Then by the time it got into the hands of someone who was desperate to solve it, LAPD was giving him a hard time. Cut to 15 years later, half of the essential witnesses are dead and now we've missed our opportunity to legally solve it because of a mishandling, in my opinion, in the justice system."

Josh Duhamel, who plays LAPD detective Greg Kading investigating the same case, elaborated on why he thinks the crimes were and remain unsolved."There's so much conflicting testimony. It would cost a tremendous amount of money. The guys who did it are dead. And it's just one of those things that would just take away too many resources, I think."

The actor who plays Tupac, Marcc Rose, theorized why the killers had never been brought to justice, saying, "I think these crimes are unsolved because a lot of people are scared to speak up and try to get them solved. Aside from that, I feel a lot of people around that time who testified are no longer alive or maybe in prison. So it's really, really hard to try to put the pieces together."

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