Snoop Dogg to star in ‘blues pimp’ biopic

Rapper cast in 'The Legend of Fillmore Slim'

Snoop Dogg has been cast in The Legend of Fillmore Slim, a biopic about the blues singer and guitarist.

The film will follow Slim’s career throughout the sixties and seventies, from his time as a guitarist, to working as a well-known pimp in San Francisco.

“This film will span decades,” co-producer Alan Ames told Deadline. “From Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption.”

The film is to be directed by Hawthorne James with pre-production to begin in December.

Having previously appeared in Training Day, the US hip-hop star is set to further his foray into the acting world with a family sitcom also in the works.

Currently in talks with Warner Bros, the rapper is set to play the patriarch of a family in a new comedy drama series. The as-yet-untitled show is to be produced by veteran Don Reo.

This won’t be Snoop’s first appearance on the small screen – he previously starred in his own reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood on entertainment channel E! in 2008.

The move follows Snoop’s plans to launch his own X Factor’-style talent search.