Nicolas Cage Will Be Playing ‘Tiger King’s Joe Exotic

Nicolas Cage playing Joe Exotic?!

Yep, the Oscar winner is set play the subject of Netflix’s hit docuseries Tiger King in a new series that’s in the works from Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. According to Variety, Cage is to be the lead in a scripted eight-episode series based on a June 2019 Texas Monthly article titled “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” written by Leif Reigstad. That article – a thoroughly engrossing piece – can be read in full right HERE.

Dan Lagana, who served as showrunner on Netflix mockumentary series American Vandal, will be on board as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Cage is also among the team of executive producers, which includes Paul Young, Brian Grazer and James Seidman, among others.

The story follows eccentric zookeeper Joe Schreibvogel, battling to keep his Oklahoma park open while risking the loss of his sanity. Variety reports that “the series will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.”

This is to be the first regular television series gig for Cage, who’s had a lengthy career with films such as National Treasure, Con-Air, Face/Off, Adaptation, The Rock, and Leaving Las Vegas, the latter of which earned him a Best Actor Oscar. His upcoming films include martial arts sci-fi Jiu Jitsu, action horror Prisoners of the Ghostland, drama Pig, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – which will have Cage playing a version of himself.

Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters, Bombshell) is attached to play Carole Baskin in another Tiger King project: a series based on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic. Rob Lowe also teased a Tiger King project in April, sharing a pic of himself dressed up as Joe Exotic and posting that he and renowned TV writer-producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) were teaming up for their own version of the story.

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