Nicolas Cage to Play Joe Exotic in Tiger King Scripted Drama Series


After the insane popularity of the documentary series Tiger King on Netflix (it was reportedly watched by 64 million households within the first month of release), producers across Hollywood are currently scrambling to set up several fictionalized adaptations of the story as well. We previously heard that Kate McKinnon was attached to play Carol Baskin in an upcoming TV series based on Wondery’s podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King. Now CBS and Imagine Entertainment are taking this story to its logical conclusion by bringing in Nicolas Cage to play Joe Exotic in a competing scripted mini-series of their own. Word on the street is that there may also be at least one more Tiger King-related project in the works. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Variety, Nicolas Cage is attached to star in a scripted TV series based on the story of Joe Exotic that is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. The show will be based on the Texas Monthly article Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild by Leif Reigstad, which CBS had optioned last June. Dan Lagana (American Vandal) will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer as part of his overall deal at CBS TV Studios.

Surprisingly, this will be Nicolas Cage’s first foray into television and it comes at a time when he is fully embracing his “unhinged” reputation with a self-aware movie called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent where he plays an exaggerated version of himself. Rob Lowe also recently announced on Instagram that he was working on a Joe Exotic series with Ryan Murphy although it is unclear if he might have been joking. Are you looking forward to any of these adaptations or is the Tiger King craze already over?

  • Lori Cerny

    Now that’s stunt casting.