Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson on tackling the 'Unsolved' murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls on screen

Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson are taking on a couple of notorious roles for the latest in a string recent shows tackling famously true crimes.

Duhamel will play Detective Greg Kading and Simpson will play Detective Russell Poole in the USA Network's upcoming series, "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G," which tells the story of the controversial investigations into the murders of both rappers -- murders that are still shrouded in mystery amid lingering conspiracy theories about what really happened.

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Following a panel for the show hosted at The Black House during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, I sat down with Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson to discuss their involvement in "Unsolved," what they really thought about the murders of Tupac and Biggie and the "honor" of being able to unveil their latest project at Sundance.

Check out my conversation with Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson below:

Throughout the panel, the conversation kept coming back to the idea that the audience's perception of these two rap icons will change after watching this show. How did your own perceptions change?

Jimmi Simpson: I didn’t know much about the cases, so everything was new information to me. The depth of how opaque everything that was happening made you realize how much corruption was happening at different levels. Who knows how deep it really was? 

Josh Duhamel: To piggyback on that, I knew what the general public knows, which was that I thought Tupac was still alive. I knew about the conspiracies, the suspicions of foul play in the police department and the fact that they were never really able to solve it. The biggest thing for me was -- as Jimmi said -- is that it was so complicated.

What I loved about this [show] was that it wasn’t so much about the complications within the case; it was really about the human stories behind what these guys meant to not only the whole generation but also to their families and how this reverberated throughout these families and the police department. There really were a lot of cops that were looking for justice and really wanting to do the right thing. Our characters and the task force around me lived and breathed this case and really just wanted to bring justice.

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Priyanka Chopra poses for a photo at the LA Times Studio @ Sundance Film Festival Presented by Chase Sapphire on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
Paris Jackson wore a "WEED" shirt to Common and Friends party at Wanderluxxe House presented by Dropbox and Apex Social Club, where Postmates delivered 250 pieces of friend chicken and gallons of mac 'n' cheese. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for WanderLuxxe )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Idris Elba spins at the 'Yardie' After Party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: John Legend joins the cast of Monster in a live Q&A hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline.com at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actors Sasha Lane and Chloe Grace Moretz attend The IMDbPro Party to Celebrate the Premiere of 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' and Launch of IMDbPro's New iPhone App on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Bella Thorne is all smiles while attending the "Assassination Nation" cast party with boyfriend Mod Sun at Chase Sapphire on Main on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire/AP Images)
Director Aisha Tyler, actors Tessa Thompson, Issa Rae, Autograph Collection Hotels head Amanda Altree and director Karim Ahmad attend the 'Power Women's Cocktail' with Autograph Collection Hotels, the Black List and Sundance Institute & Diversity Initiative during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Autograph Collection Hotels)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Luke Wilson of 'Arizona' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke at the Blaze cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Chrissy Teigen (L) and John Legend attend the 'Monster' Premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actress Jane Fonda speaks at the Respect Rally event, which honors the one-year anniversary of the National Women's March and the #MarchOnMain event held in Park City, at City Park during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Sarah Shahi attends the Whitewater Films Reception At The RAND Luxury Escape - 2018 Park City at The St. Regis Deer Valley during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for RAND Luxury)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and her husband, recording artist John Legend pose with their daughter Luna Simone Stephens at the 'Monster' dinner film reception presented by the RAND Luxury Escape at Grappa during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for RAND Luxury)

Idris Elba arrived towards the end of night two at TAO Park City, where guests were treated to Tequila Don Julio 1942 and hot chocolate at the Tinder outdoor lounge.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Paris Jackson attends WanderLuxxe House hosts 'Common and Friends' Evening of Private Performances presented by Dropbox and Apex Social Club on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for WanderLuxxe )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Evan Peters and Emma Roberts attend the 'American Animals' after-party at the Grey Goose Blue Door during Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actors Jonah Hill (L) and Joaquin Pheonix of the film 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' attend as Grey Goose Blue Door hosts the casts of game-changing films during the Sundance Film Festival at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
Jim Hosking, Jemaine Clement (holding his Sundance 'wing-man' Morning Recovery, which he was drinking to keep him going all weekend long), Craig Robinson, Matt Berry and Aubrey Plaza of 'An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn' attend The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Executive producer John Legend performs at the "Monster" cast party at Chase Sapphire on Main on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire/AP Images)
Jim Parsons enjoyed Peet's Coffee at the Vulture Spot, Park City, Utah during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Bo Burnham attends as Grey Goose Blue Door hosts the casts of game-changing films during the Sundance Film Festival at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Usher Raymond of 'Burden' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Naomi Watts is seen during 2018 Sundance Film Festival wearing SOREL in Park City on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning wowed Sundance party goers with a surprise karaoke duet during the "I Think We're Alone Now" cast party at Chase Sapphire on Main on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire/AP Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Chlo�Grace Moretz (L) and Sasha Lane attend Outfest Queer Brunch at Sundance Presented By DIRECTV NOW and AT&T Hello Lab during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Grub Steak on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Outfest)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Naomi Watts attends the 'Ophelia' Premiere during 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Aubrey Plaza is seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival wearing SOREL on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer, Jim Parsons and Claire Danes laugh during a panel discussion for "A Kid Like Jake" at LA Times Live @ Sundance Film Festival Presented by Chase Sapphire on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actor Nick Offerman from 'Hearts Beat Loud' and actor Paul Rudd from 'The Catcher Was A Spy' attend The IMDb Studio at The Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)

Post Malone delivered a surprise performance on night two of TAO Park City, where guests were treated to Tequila Don Julio 1942 and hot chocolate at the Tinder outdoor lounge.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: (L-R) Actors Aubrey Plaza and Chloe Sevigny attend the Lizzie cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )

Debra Messing posed for photos in RUDSAK's Melodic jacket at the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Priyanka Chopra is seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)

Singers M.I.A. and Joan Jett hung out together at the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox.

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Armie Hammer puts his feet up at LA Times Studio @ Sundance Film Festival Presented by Chase Sapphire on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)

Aisha Tyler congratulated Sandra Lee on her Creative Coalition Award during the Creative Coalition’s Annual Spotlight Awards Gala Jan 21 at the KIA Supper Suite before flying out on a JetSuiteX Sundance pop-up flight the next day.

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John Legend and Common hit the stage together at the Wanderluxxe House in Park City during the Common and Friends party, where guests enjoyed The House of Rémy and Casamigos cocktails.

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Jon Hamm picked up two pairs of mou boots -- including a women's pair for someone special -- at the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox at Sundance.

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Sara and Erin Foster partied with pals Jennifer Meyer and Yael Cohen at TAO Park City, where guests were treated to Don Julio 1942, as well as hot chocolate at an exclusive outdoor Tinder lounge.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Chrissy Teigen attends the 'Monster' Premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Common speaks during the Respect Rally during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Joel McHale attends the APA reception at the RAND Luxury Escape during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at The St. Regis Deer Valley on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for RAND Luxury)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Singer Usher is seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/GC Images)
Maggie Gyllenhaal was spotted wearing SOREL Cozy Joan boots while out and about at Sundance. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Elle Fanning is seen on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: ASAP Rocky joins the cast of Monster in a live Q&A hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline.com at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (L) takes a selfie with a fan during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Actor Claire Danes, Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra from 'A Kid Like Jake' attend The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Ethan Hawke at the Blaze cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Chloe Grace Moretz attends the 2018 Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner at Kia Supper Suite on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: John Legend and the cast of Monster participated in a live Q&A hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline.com at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Tessa Thompson attends the Women in Film dinner at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T during Sundance Film Festival 2018 on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for AT&T and DIRECTV )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Bella Thorne is seen at Salt Lake City International Airport on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jane Fonda was sported out and about at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival wearing SOREL boots and RUDSAK's Meg jacket in black. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Robert Pattinson is seen at Salt Lake City International Airport on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Hillary Swank hung out at the JetSuiteX Lounge in The Music Lodge during Sundance over the weekend.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal (L) and singer Martha Wainwright perform at cocktails hosted by Autograph Collection Hotels to Celebrate Maggie Gyllenhaal as Independent Film Advisor for the Brand's Indie Film Project during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Autograph Collection Hotels)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Blythe Danner at the What They Had cast party at in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actress Chloe Sevigny is seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Debra Messing from 'Search' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Keira Knightley at the Colette cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
Bill Skarsgard receives the IMDb STARmeter Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival In Park City.
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Jemaine Clement and Aubrey Plaza participated in a live Q&A with the cast of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline.com at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )

Black Eyed Peas members Taboo and Apl.de.ap attended “A Dinner for Change, Celebrating: MASTERS OF THE SUN,” a benefit dinner and conversation about social injustice and how to activate they hosted with will.i.am, KRS-One, Rakim and Jason Isaacs at the KIA Supper Club.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Nick Offerman speaks during the Respect Rally during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Brody Jenner joined DJ Politik onstage at TAO Park City, where guests were treated to Tequila Don Julio 1942 and hot chocolate at the Tinder outdoor lounge.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actors Chris O'Dowd and Rose Byrne attend a live Q&A with the Juliet, Naked cast hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Chloe Grace Moretz of 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Jessica Williams, Blaine Spesak, and Alia Shawkat at the Blaze cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actor Ted Danson is seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival wearing SOREL on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
Bella Thorne wigs out while attending the "Assassination Nation" cast party at Chase Sapphire on Main on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire/AP Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Jessica Williams at the Blaze cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )

"Vanderpump Rules" star Lala Kent and boyfriend Randell Emmett partied at TAO Park City, where guests were treated to Tequila Don Julio 1942.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Keira Knightley and Dominic West at the Colette cast party in Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Octavia Spencer attends the 'A Kid Like Jake' pre-party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 23, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Jason Segel of 'Come Sunday' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
Maggie Gyllenhaal poses for a photo at the LA Times Studio @ Sundance Film Festival Presented by Chase Sapphire on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)

Priyanka Chopra and Octavia Spencer snapped a selfie at the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Meagan Good of 'A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons attend the 'A Kid Like Jake' pre-party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 23, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Hilary Swank is seen on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Elijah Wood DJ'd and sipped on Casamigos cocktails at the "Mandy" premiere party at the WanderLuxxe House in Park City.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Jon Hamm attends the 'Beirut' Premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Nicolas Cage is seen at Salt Lake City International Airport on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Tessa Thompson (L) and Gloria Allred attend the Respect Rally during the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Netflix)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Chloe Grace Moretz is seen at Salt Lake City International Airport on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Michael Shannon at the What They Had cast party at in Caf Artois during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 21, 2018. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Idris Elba spins at the 'Yardie' After Party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are seen on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Bella Thorne attends the 'Assassination Nation' Premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Park City Library on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Jane Fonda speaks on stage during the Respect Rally during the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Bella Thorne is seen during 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by J. Merritt/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Armie Hammer of 'Sorry To Bother You' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Ashley Judd attends the Sundance Film Festival 2018 on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Jon Hamm of 'Beirut' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
Paul Rudd, left, and Paul Giamatti catch up on their reading at "The Catcher Was a Spy" cast party at Chase Sapphire on Main on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire/AP Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actor Nicolas Cage of 'Mandy' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Randall Emmett and Lala Kent, wearing a faux fur coat from Oh Polly, attend the EcoLuxe Lounge - Park City on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Paul Best/Getty Images for EcoLuxe)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Carey Mulligan is seen at Salt Lake City International Airport on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jim Parsons and Claire Danes pause for a photo at the LA Times Studio @ Sundance Film Festival Presented by Chase Sapphire on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Rapper A$AP Rocky attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Erin Foster, Sara Foster and Jennifer Meyer attends the '49 Remarkable Women + One Really Cool Dude' event hosted by Creative Playground and ChefDance on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for ChefDance)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Jason Ritter, Isabelle Nelisse, and Common stop by DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T during Sundance Film Festival 2018 on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for AT&T and DIRECTV )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Talent Manager Scooter Braun and wife Yael Cohen attend the '49 Remarkable Women + One Really Cool Dude' event hosted by Creative Playground and ChefDance on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for ChefDance)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Tom Felton is seen during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/GC Images)
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Both of your characters are trying to bring justice and figure out what happened, but how do they relate to one another?

Simpson: They’re divided by time, so they know each other through department -- literally being told that they couldn’t talk to each other. So, the relation is all, "I heard this" or "I heard that." It’s all a big mystery.

Duhamel: When [my character and his team] picked up the case in 2006, so much of Russell Poole was legendary. We couldn’t talk to him; we had boxes and boxes and boxes of case files to go through, and at first we thought he was crazy. But, as we got further along, [we began to think,] "Was Russell Poole maybe right?" There was so much about what he was in search of that might have had some truth to it.

But, at the same time, we truly believe we know who did it. We know who shot Tupac and we know who shot Biggie. The problem is, it’s not what you know -- it’s what you can prove. That’s really where this case came to a stalling point. The LAPD knew they weren’t on the hook for $4 million anymore, and they knew how hard it was going to be to prosecute this because it’s so hard to get anybody to talk. Whether it’s police or the gangs, nobody wanted to say anything. 

How did you ensure that you were approaching these stories and characters from an objective standpoint, without inserting your own personal beliefs or natural biases?

Duhamel: I had the privilege to have Greg Kading on set with me, so I could ask him questions. I wasn’t so much interested in what really happened as much as how it affected him and Russell Poole. They became so obsessed with finding the truth and bringing justice to these families, that I wanted to know how he felt and how it affected him when he found these things out. That’s what I really think people are going to find interesting -- what happened behind closed doors?

Simpson: I’m not a method actor. I’m more exploratory and about empathizing with whoever I’m playing. I’ve played a lot of villains, and it’s always about, "Why are they doing this?" So, when I dropped into Russell, I could see the breadth of similarities. To have his truth shattered, it was just so relatable. He lost everything. I’m lucky that I got to be an actor, because I really am most comfortable trying to empathize with another person. Rather than being a singer, who’s like "I’m cool and this is me!" I would never be able to do that. 

There are a lot of true crime shows out there right now. How is "Unsolved" different? Which other true crime shows have interested you the most?

Simpson: The true-crime stuff that gets me the most is the stuff like Sarah Koenig’s “Serial” -- something investigative. I feel like this is different -- it’s more filmic -- and it turns the dial to 11 for true crime shows, because it’s more pertinent than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s one of the best-hour long cop shows [out there], but then you have two icons whose music you’ve heard and brings you to such an emotional state -- and you’re like, "Oh my, God!" [Laughs] It's a lovely experience.

Duhamel: I grew up a long way away from this, but I still listened to Tupac and Biggie in North Dakota, which is about as far from either of these two places as you can be. Geographically it's [literally] as far as you can be. So, for these guys to have such an impact on a generation and be such a cultural force and affect a kid like me in North Dakota, it was an opportunity for me to get a different perspective.

Jimmi Simpson, Josh Duhamel and Bokeem Woodbine from "Unsolved" (NBC/Getty)

TV shows haven’t always been part of the Sundance experience, but are becoming more and more part of the landscape here. What’s the value of showing a TV show at Sundance, in front of key players and people who are passionate about the art form?

Simpson: That’s exactly what it is. I was just talking to my representation about how Sundance -- not like TIFF -- was started with low million dollar movies that have been built with passion and dreams and to tell a story and often not to get a financial return, which is a large part of the business, if not most of it. So, for them to say that they think our show is about telling the story -- and not about just collecting a return -- I think it’s a hell of an honor, and I’m flattered that they’ve embraced us in this way.

Duhamel: There’s a prestige about Sundance that I think helps bring attention to a show. It’s an honor for them to let us come. Honestly, the best benefit that we can get from Sundance -- they gave us their stamp [of approval]. It’s not an easy place to come -- believe me, there are a lot of movies that try to get here [and don’t] -- so for them to say, "Yeah, come on over, and we believe in it," is an honor. 

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How do you hope people react to "Unsolved" and what do you want them to take from it?

Duhamel: This is what I hope for it: That people get a chance to see Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls as human beings and not just as hip-hop icons. I want people to take away from this the idea that many people were affected by these murders, including the police department and the people that gave everything to finding justice. It’s all about perception, and the fact that there’s good and bad in all walks of life. This is an opportunity for people to go, "You know what? It’s not as black and white as we thought it was."

Simpson: I agree, it’s about communication. We are coming off of 20 years of the “East Coast/West Coast” thing and having “good cops” and “bad cops” -- no one is good or bad or this or that. These were human beings, and this is the truth of what happened. Nobody has gotten that because our nation has been oppressive. The media has served up this “East Coast/West Coast” thing as the easiest thing to cling to. The majority just [blindly] agree. 

Duhamel: A lot of men lost their lives because of this “East Coast/West Coast” thing.

Simpson: Exactly, so let’s shake it out. [The show] clarifies things by being honest.

Duhamel: It’s about money. Sadly, that’s one of the truths that comes from this, but I think there’s also a lot of human story here.

"Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G." premieres on February 27 on the USA Network.

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