Nicolas Cage Set to Play Joe Exotic in Tiger King Limited Series
Oh. My. God. What amazing casting.
Nicolas Cage is set to take on the role of Joe Exotic in a new miniseries based on the imprisoned zoo-owner known as Tiger King.
This is going to either be absolutely perfect or go horribly wrong.
According to Variety, the Oscar winner will be the lead in a project from American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana along with Paul Young. It will be based on a Texas Monthly article titled Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild, by Leif Reigstad.
It will be made by CBS studios along with Imagine Entertainment and soon be shopped around to various networks and streaming platforms.
The miniseries marks the second scripted drama to be based on Exotic following on from an announcement last year that the podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King would be adapted for television. Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon is attached to play Carole Baskin, Exotic’s rival.
The Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has found phenomenal success since its release in March, attracting more than 64 million viewers. The story follows an eccentric big cat keeper and the criminal underworld which surrounds him. Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence. When asked which actor he’d like to play him, he suggested Brad Pitt.
His upcoming projects include Pig, where he will play a mushroom forager, and Wally’s Wonderland, which sees him as a janitor fighting demonic animatronic mascots.
10 days after it debuted on Netflix in the United States, Tiger King amassed an astounding 34 million viewers and has since become a pop culture phenomenon.