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Nicolas Cage to star as Joe Exotic in new ‘Tiger King’ scripted series

Cage will star in a new eight episode miniseries from CBS about Joe Exotic

“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Robert Zuckerman DF-14505 Pictured: Nicolas Cage
“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc.
ROBERT ZUCKERMAN

Nicolas Cage is taking on the role of the controversial “tiger king,” Joe Exotic, Variety reported on Monday.

After the success of the Netflix documentary series, a new eight-episode miniseries from CBS is in the works, based on a 2019 article from Texas Monthly titled “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” according to Variety.

The series will focus on Joe Exotic and “will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation,” according to Variety.

Dan Laguna, the showrunner of “American Vandal,” will be the writer and showrunner of the still-untitled new series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cage’s role as Joe Exotic will be his first-ever role in a television series, according to Variety. The Academy Award-winning actor is also set to star in two upcoming films, “Pig” and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”

Another upcoming scripted series centering around the world of “Tiger King” was previously announced by Universal, with Kate McKinnon starring as Carole Baskin, CNBC reported.

“Tiger King” has been a massive hit for Netflix. The documentary series debuted on March 20 and had 34.3 million viewers within the first ten days, according to CNBC.