John Cameron Mitchell (The good fight Shrill) will wear the mullet wig and handlebar mustache as Joe Exotic in NBCUniversal’s Tiger King Limited Series Earlier, Saturday Night Live favorite Kate McKinnon was cast to play Joe’s biggest rival, Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin, for the upcoming series. McKinnon will also executive produce alongside series writer Etan Frankel (Sorry for your loss Shameless
“I love taking on the role of this modern folk anti-hero,” John Cameron Mitchell said in a statement on Monday, revealing that he also has a lot in common with the Tiger King star. “Joe and I are the same age, and like him I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so I feel like I know a little bit about this man and his desperate attempt to conquer an inhospitable world.”
Tentatively titled as Joe Exotic, the series will follow Kate McKinnon as Carol Baskin, as she “learns that her nemesis Joseph” Joe Exotic “breeds Maldonado-Passage and uses his big cats for profit. She wants to shut down his venture, sparking a rapidly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a past of its own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to reveal what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results turn out to be dangerous, “
The rivalry between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin was featured in last year’s Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Madness and MayhemPerhaps it’s because the pandemic forced people to spend more time indoors, but the series enjoyed incredible success when it was released and quickly became one of the streamer’s most watched shows of all time. There was a period when you could hardly look in one direction without seeing anything Tiger King
Ultimately, their feud resulted in Joe being jailed for 22 years after allegedly conniving with a hitman to have Carol Baskin murdered. He was also found guilty of multiple charges of animal cruelty. During his time in prison, Joe campaigned for Donald Trump to give him a presidential pardon before leaving the White House, but the former president apparently ignored the Tiger King star’s request. Exotic has since reportedly shifted its focus to advocate for leniency from new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Mitchell isn’t the only actor to play Joe Exotic in a limited series. Nicolas Cage has also been cast to play the former tiger breeder in a script series in the works on Amazon. This particular series is based on Leif Reigstad’s Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild”. Dan Lagana will serve as the writer, showrunner and executive producer on the project. Just like Mitchell’s Joe Exotic project, it has no official release date yet.
For now, anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the madness that is the feud between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin can watch the documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Madness and Mayhem on Netflix. This news comes from People.
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