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Snoop Dogg heads up Fillmore Slim biopic

Rapper Snoop Dogg has been cast as Fillmore Slim in a biopic of the legendary blues singer and guitarist's life.

Is this the best casting since Huggy Bear in Starsky & Hutch? Not for the blues singing and guitar playing but because Slim - AKA Clarence Sims - was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco during the '60s and '70s.

Not that we're suggesting Snoop Dogg is, or ever has been, an actual pimp. Actual pimps are probably pretty grim. But in the rap world, being a pimp means you're good with girls, apparently. And Snoop occasionally refers to himself as one. That's why it's good casting. Look, we never claimed to be rap experts.

Co-producer Alan Ames is writing the screenplay with Carole Parker, while Hawthorne James will direct.

Ames says he was approached by Sims’ daughter Rebecca to work on the project.

“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,” Ames told Deadline.com.

The Legend Of Fillmore Slim begins filming in March 2012.