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Nicolas Cage to star as Joe Exotic in a Tiger King series

The scripted series is helmed by the showrunner of Netflix’s American Vandal

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Netflix’s documentary series Tiger King was a major surprise hit, spawning countless memes and tributes, plus an ill-advised aftershow episode. Unsurprisingly, the series’ success has rapidly inspired the development of more Tiger King-based projects, including a limited series (based on the Joe Exotic podcast) starring Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin.

The latest news is even more unbelievable, as Variety reports that none other than Nicolas Cage has signed on to play Joe Exotic in a scripted series from Dan Lagana (American Vandal showrunner) and Paul Young. The series, based on Leif Reigstad’s Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” is set to run for eight episodes, and is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. The series is already ahead of McKinnon’s, which is still seeking a writer. Lagana is set to be writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the show, with Young as executive producer.

The series would be Cage’s first television role, even though he wasn’t among Joe Exotic’s picks to play himself: he was holding out for Brad Pitt or David Spade.

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