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Snoop Dogg has just signed on to the film The Legend of Fillmore Slim to play the titular role of the blues singer.
The rapper has signed on to the biopic from Ames Universal and SRI Entertainment, and will play Slim, who is known as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.”
A rep for Slim, also a guitarist, told Entertainment Weekly, “Snoop is like another son to [Slim]. [He] has always made it clear that Snoop was who he felt should play that role. He has carried that in his heart since we began our search to put the team for the film together.”
Deadline reports that Slim’s real name is Clarence Simms, and he worked as a well-known pimp in San Francisco, California in the ’60s and ’70s.
Alan Ames and Wayne Anderson will co-produce the project, while Ames and Carole Parker will pen the script. “This film will span decades,” Ames explained, “from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption.