Nicolas Cage Will Play Joe Exotic In ‘Tiger King’ Scripted Series


Nicolas Cage has been chosen to star in a scripted series based on the life of Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix's hit show "Tiger King", Variety reported Monday.

The star of 'Tiger King', in case you haven't followed the series, Joe Exotic, is the eccentric owner of 1200 lions, tigers and bears among other animals in a wildlife park in Oklahoma.

This is also marking the first time Nicolas Cage has ever had a regular television role.

The show will comprise of eight episodes. It's also being produced by Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt.

The Oscar-winning USA actor will also executive produce the show based on a magazine article about Exotic, who recently shot to fame as the subject of the wildly popular docuseries, Cage's publicist said on Monday, May 4.

It's important to point out this is one of many scripted series that are being developed about Joe Exotic. Though increasingly known for his madcap performances in movies like the recent Mandy and Color Out of Space, Cage won an Oscar in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas, and was nominated for his work in Spike Jonze's Adaptation. The first was announced previous year with Kate McKinnon playing the role of Carole Baskin.

The "Tiger King" docuseries premiered on Netflix on March 20 and quickly became an global sensation, getting more than 34 million views in its first 10 days. "Apparently Nicolas cage is playing Joe Exotic in a series coming up and I can not wait", another tweeted. As more details are revealed about the unnamed new series, fans of Tiger King and Joe Exotic should expect more casting surprises. "So he's getting all the messages people are sending", said Dial in The Tiger King and I, a 40-minute special that was released last month.