Eccentric Oscar winner to play Joe Exotic

It was only a matter of time before a big Hollywood star became the Tiger King, and now it's happened: Joe Exotic will be played by Nicolas Cage.

The smash hit Netflix docuseries following zoo owner and aspiring politician Joe Exotic and his feud with animal rights activist Carole Baskin took the world by storm in March, with celebs such as Dax Shepard and Edward Norton clamouring to play the eccentric mulleted Joe Exotic.

Cage will portray Maldonado-Passage in a new limited series produced by Brian Grazer. Picture: AP Photo, left, and Santa Rosa County Jail via AP
Cage will portray Maldonado-Passage in a new limited series produced by Brian Grazer. Picture: AP Photo, left, and Santa Rosa County Jail via AP

For his part, Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in prison for his murder-for-hire-plot against Baskin, wanted Brad Pitt or "Joe Dirt" (aka David Spade) to play him.

Online bettors, at a loss for any sports to gamble on during the coronavirus blackout had their money on Kevin Bacon.

But now it's official: The lucky actor will be Cage. The scripted show will be eight episodes long, from Dan Lagana, showrunner of Netflix's two-season mockumentary series American Vandal, according to Variety.

The show, which will be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios, doesn't yet have a premiere date. No word either on which network or platform it will appear on.

Nicolas Cage attends the Premiere of “Running With The Devil
Nicolas Cage attends the Premiere of “Running With The Devil" in September last year. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Back in June 2019, Lagana bought the rights to Leif Reigstad's Texas Monthly article Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild.

Cage, 56, might be the perfect choice for the role. Like Exotic, he's also known for larger than life antics, such as pre-buying his own pyramid-shaped mausoleum or going full Method to get into character, even if it means snorting saccharine or hiring a "drinking coach".

It will mark the first TV role from Cage, who is also signed up to be playing himself in a movie about himself called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

 

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Eccentric Oscar winner to play Joe Exotic


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