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Snoop Dogg to Play Blues Guitarist-Turned-Pimp in Fillmore Slim Biopic

September 15, 2011, 4:45 am GMT

The 'Gangsta Luv' rapper is set to star in 'The Legend of Fillmore Slim' which follows the blues musician who became a well-known pimp in San Franciso during the 60s and 70s.

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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.

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