Nicolas Cage Set to Play Joe Exotic on 'Tiger King'
Nicolas Cage will also serve as the executive producer in the project.
The casting news couldn't get wilder than this! Nicolas Cage is set to portray the character of Joe Exotic in the Netflix limited docuseries 'Tiger King' which is currently in development.
As per CBC, Imagine Television Studios, Make Good Content, and CBS TV Studios are working to create the eight-episode series that will reach the networks "in the next few days."
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Via his company, Saturn Films, Cage will serve as an exec producer for the show.
Based on a Texas Monthly article by Leif Reigstad, "Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild," it got turned into a series by Dan Lagana, the showrunner (with an overall deal at CBS Television Studios) alongside Paul Young of Make Good Content.
The brief summary of the upcoming Netflix show reads:
"The story centers around Joe Shreibvogel, an eccentric, exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park -- even at the risk of losing his sanity. 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."
Joseph Maldonado-Passage (née Shreibvogel), better known as Joe Exotic, is an American former zoo operator and convicted felon. He is currently in jail upon getting sentenced to 22 years earlier this year for his involvement in a scheme of murder-for-hire and slaying tigers.
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In 2020, Netflix produced an eight-part series, 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,' featuring Maldonado-Passage, his zoo, and his rivalry with Baskin.