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Nicolas Cage to play Joe Exotic in new scripted Tiger King series

Nicolas Cage is to play the star of Netflix’s smash hit Tiger King in a new scripted series which is coming to television screens.

Tiger King took the world by storm at the beginning of the lockdown when everyone became captivated by Joe Exotic. The docuseries is undoubtedly the most bizarre programme that the streaming service has ever concocted to date and, somehow, it continually finds a way to get wilder each episode.

A key characteristic of Exotic’s makeup, one which makes him so compelling, is his quest for stardom and how he will do anything to find fame—including running for the Governor for Oklahoma in 2018 despite having no political know-how.

The eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. It will be taken to market in the coming days. It is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.

According to Variety, CBS TV Studios chose to option the article in June of 2019. Dan Lagana will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer under his overall deal at CBS TV Studios with Paul Young executive producing via Make Good Content.

Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey will executive produce for Imagine. Cage will executive produce via Saturn Films. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will executive produce for Texas Monthly. Imagine’s James Seidman and Natalie Berkus are overseeing the project for the company.

This role will signal the first major television role of Cage’s career but a character like Joe Exotic seems tailor-made for him and one he couldn’t turn down. The story centres solely around Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, and the series will look at how Joe transformed into this character which he created and lost himself on the way.

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