Nicolas Cage Won’t Play Joe Exotic’s “Tiger King”

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

Sadly, we won’t be seeing Nicolas Cage take on the role of a lifetime as Joe Exotic’s Tiger King.

Cage revealed he won’t be playing the Tiger King in a series from Amazon and he implied the project has been shelved.

“We should clear the record,” Cage told Variety. “I read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it to come together. They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it’s no longer relevant.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness became a huge hit in 2020, with its story of the animal park owner and an alleged plot to murder an animal rights activist.

Cage recently received rave reviews for his performance in Pig and for his next role he’s playing himself in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. The film will follow Cage, who agrees to be part of a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan’s birthday party, which ends up being part of a CIA sting operation.