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Nicolas Cage to make TV debut as Tiger King's Joe Exotic in new series

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NICOLAS Cage is to play Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix’s hit documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

In what will mark the first TV series role of his career, Cage will play Exotic in an eight-episode scripted series for CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television.

The series will be based on a Texas Monthly story published in 2019.

That story, written by Leif Reigstad, recounts how Joe Schreibvogel built his private zoo in Oklahoma and chronicles his feuds with Jeff Lowe and Carole Baskin, both of whom are prominently featured in Tiger King.

The scripted project is currently titled Joe Exotic and will focus on Joe as he fights to keep his animal park despite the risk of losing his sanity in the process. It will explore how Joe became Joe Exotic and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.

American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana will serve as writer and showrunner and executive produce with Young of Make Good Content.

The Cage-led series is the second scripted project based on Joe Exotic in the works.

Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is set to executive produce and play Baskin in a show from Universal Content Productions based on Wondery’s Joe Exotic podcast. That project has been in the works since November.