Snoop Dogg has sealed a deal to take a lead role in upcoming biopic "The Legend of Fillmore Slim". Ames Universal and SRI Entertainment have announced on Wednesday, September 14 that the California-born rapper is set to play the blues guitarist in the movie which has Hawthorne James serving behind the lens.
Of the biopic project, co-producer Alan Ames shared to Deadline, "This film will span decades." He added, "From Slim's emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption."
Fillmore Slim himself was born with real name Clarence Sims. He is a blues singer and guitarist who began his music career in the 1950s. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was famously known as a pimp in San Francisco, whose nicknames include "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping". Slim, who is currently 77-year-old, returned to music industry in the 1980s.
Aside from co-producing the project with Wayne Anderson, Ames also teams up with Carole Parker to write the script. Meanwhile, James plans to start the pre-production in December, and begin the filming in March 2012.