Nicolas Cage Set to Play Joe Exotic in “Tiger King” Scripted Series

Nicolas Cage at the "Mom and Dad" premiere in 2017. Photo by Stacey Newman/REX/Shutterstock (9049084i)

It looks like we haven’t seen the end of Tiger King’s success. The true-crime series received a special less than a month after it aired on Netflix and now it’s being turned into a scripted series centered around Joe Exotic.

The best part is that Nicolas Cage will play Joe in the eight-episode series produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios which is based on the Texas Monthly article, “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.

The story will be about Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, an eccentric zookeeper in Oklahoma who tries to keep his park, while risking his own sanity. The series will explore how he came to be Joe Exotic and how he became lost in the character he created.

This will be Cage’s first regular television role of his career as he’s become known as a film actor in movies such as Leaving Las Vegas, Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, Face/Off, the National Treasure films, and the Ghost Rider films.

This is the second scripted series about Tiger King; the first was announced late last year and it’s based on the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic” and it will star Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin.