Snoop Dogg will take on the lead role in 'The Legend of Fillmore Slim'.

The biopic follows the blues guitarist, who began a music career in the 1950s, but was lured away into a life of vice, becoming a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1960s and 70s, where he was known as 'The Pope of Pimping' and 'The West Coast Godfather of The Game', before returning to music in the 1980s.

Co-producer Alan Ames told website Deadline: "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."

Shelly Liebwitz is to executive produce the film, while Alan is also writing script along with Carole Parker and Hawthorne James has signed up to direct.

Fillmore is now 77 years old and currently touring in the US.

Pre-production is to begin in December, with filming scheduled to begin next March.

Snoop has previously claimed he can be as big a box office draw as any other actor saying: "My star power is as big as any actor in Hollywood."