*Snoop Dogg is headed to the big screen to star as – what else – a pimp.
The rapper has scored the lead role in the biopic “The Legend of Fillmore Slim,” reports Deadline.com
Announced Wednesday by Ames Universal and SRI Entertainment, Snoop will play the famous blues singer and guitarist, real name Clarence Sims, who was also a well-known pimp during the 1960s and 70s in San Francisco, referred to as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.”
Shelly Liebowitz is executive producing. Alan Ames, who is co-producing with Wayne Anderson and writing the screenplay with Carole Parker, produces the syndicated TV series “Texas Roadhouse Live.” He was approached by Sims’ daughter Rebecca, who helped put the project together.
“This film will span decades,” said Ames, “from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption.”
Sims, now 77 years old, is currently touring. Hawthorne James will direct the film. Pre-production is to begin in December, with a March start date targeted.