Nicolas Cage Will Be Playing Joe Exotic Of "Tiger King"

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Cage's series will be his first major foray into television, and is the second scripted show known to be in the works about Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

Animal rights activist Baskin featured in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness due to her acrimonious relationship with private zookeeper Joe Exotic, who is in prison for paying a man US$3000 to kill her. But no one could have imagined casting someone as ideal as Nic Cage. The scripted show will be eight episodes long, from Dan Lagana, showrunner of Netflix's two-season mockumentary series "American Vandal", according to Variety.

ID is also set to launch the series Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which will "delve into the biggest mystery in true crime today, helmed by the biggest character in the world: Joe Exotic, himself".

This is the second scripted project exploring the Tiger King universe now in the works.

The surreal story of Exotic - a gay, mullet-wearing private zoo owner now in prison for murder-for-hire - became a U.S. cultural phenomenon following the release of a Netflix documentary.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nielsen pegged the docuseries' statistics as 5 billion minutes watched, and that's just for viewers in the U.S. for one week. People would love to know more about the man who became Joe Exotic and his wild ride to infamy. Cage had been in talks to play the lead role since April.

The miniseries marks the second scripted drama to be based on Exotic following on from an announcement past year that the podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King would be adapted for television.