Nicolas Cage to Star as Joe Exotic in ‘Tiger King' Adaptation

Lawrence Kim
May 6, 2020

The actor will feature as the eccentric zookeeper, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, in an eight-episode series.

The outlet notes that this will mark Cage's first-ever foray into the world of television, having previously won an Academy Award for his role in "Leaving Las Vegas" and earned similar acclaim throughout his storied film career. Wondery's six-part podcast series about Joe Exotic was very enlightening in terms of further highlighting how bad of a guy he has been. A few weeks after a scripted series starring Kate McKinnon as Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin was announced, a rival show starring the Oscar-winning Nicolas Cage as Carole's enemy Joe Exotic has gone into development. Nicolas Cage will executive produce representing Saturn Films.

Cage, an Oscar and Golden Globe victor for 1996′s "Leaving Las Vegas", has a long list of movie credits that range from "Valley Girl" and "Rumble Fish" in 1983 to the "National Treasure" franchise in the mid-2000s and beyond.

While the show proved a massive hit on Netflix, sources told TMZ Exotic is now readying a case in favour of his release from jail, claiming he was wrongly convicted for the murder-for-hire plot.

Oscar victor Nicolas Cage is set to take on the role of Joe Exotic in a new miniseries based on the Netflix smash hit Tiger King.

The Texas Monthly story by Leif Reigstad details how Joe Schreibvogel built his private zoo in Oklahoma and his feuds with Jeff Lowe and Carole Baskin, both of whom are prominently featured in Tiger King. Variety ended up reporting that the series has reached roughly 34.3 million individual viewers in its first 10 days, according to Nielsen data.

As an aside, Joe Exotic himself suggested either Brad Pitt or David Spade play him on screen.

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