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Amazon records the show with Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic the Tiger King


Joe Exotic, left, is played in a new Nicolas Cage show that appeared on Con Air in 1997, right

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Amazon recorded an eight-episode series starring Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic, the owner of an Oklahoma big cat park whose story has captivated a coronavirus-hit nation Tiger King. It will be the first television role in Cage’s five decades of acting.

Cage’s rep confirmed his role back in May and declined to go into detail about the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is based on the article Joe Exotic from Texas Monthly Magazine: A Dark Journey into the World of a Man gone wild by Leif Reigstad. The show comes from Imagine Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. (Disclosure: ViacomCBS is the parent company of CNET.) Amazon Prime Video will produce the series with Amazon Studios, according to THR reports.

Read: CNET’s interview with Joel McHale talking about community and Tiger King.

Cage, 56, won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas. His other films include Adaptation, Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, Face / Off, and the films Ghost Rider and National Treasure. His quirky personality and looks as well as his unusual film selection, make him an obvious natural to play Joe Exotic who is now serving one 22 years in Texas. Cage’s name often appeared in dream casting articles for a Joe Exotic scripted story – including the CNET version.

Dan Lagana, whose quirky Netflix mockumentary American Vandal was a Netflix hit in 2017, will be the showrunner.

Since the Netflix documentaries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness debuted on March 20, the life and times of Joe Exotic have become one hot hollywood property. Netflix added one Aftershow episode by Joel McHaleProducer Rick Kirkham offered one Pay-per-view specialThe Investigation Discovery Network is planning a series, and there is even another miniseries.

NBC Universal picked a popular podcast on Joe Exotic and cast the Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon as Joe’s archenemy, animal activist Carole Baskin.

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