Snoop Dogg Cast as Fillmore Slim, "The Pope of Pimping," in New Biopic
Published Sep 16, 2011After a small but respectable acting career, most notably with the pitch-perfect casting as Huggy Bear in the Starsky & Hutch remake, weed-loving rapper Snoop Dogg will return to the big screen with one of the best roles ever made for him: next year, he'll play legendary blues guitarist Fillmore Slim, who was also known as "The Pope of Pimping."
AllHipHop reports that Snoop Dogg will star in a film called The Legend of Fillmore Slim, which will likely hit theatres in late 2012 via Ames Universal/SRI Entertainment. The film will be directed by Hawthorne James with a script written by co-producer Alan Ames and Carole Parker.
Fillmore Slim was a blues guitarist who rose to fame in the late '60s and '70s after opening for artists like B.B. King and Dinah Washington. He had a short relationship with Etta James. Most interesting of all, however, was the fact that he was one of the most prolific pimps in North America with upwards of 8,000 prostitutes working for him.
In a press release, Ames said, "This film will span decades, from Slim's emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption."
Now 76 years old, Slim still puts out albums to this day.