Cage is mostly known for his work in film, and his name popped up here and there on fans' casting wish list for a potential project about Joe Exotic. According to Nielson ratings, it was watched by 34.3 million people over its first ten days of release, making it one of Netflix's most successful releases ever. Cage, meanwhile, will also serve as executive producer. All we know is that the fictional spin will be a TV series, rather than a feature-length film, and that it's being put together by some of the minds behind adored Netflix mockumentary American Vandal. And Nicolas Cage playing Exotic is exactly the nice surprise that we have long, long deserved.
It will "explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation", the Hollywood trade publication said.
Well, it'd be pretty hard to find a more flawless fit to play Joe Exotic.
Variety reports that the scripted Joe Exotic series is being produced by Imagine Television and CBS Television Studios.
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According to Variety, the Oscar victor will be the lead in a project from American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana along with Paul Young.
What will this "Tiger King" story be based on?
This miniseries is the second project based on "Tiger King" to be announced in recent months. Kate McKinnon is attached to star in and executive produce a series based on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic, with McKinnon attached to play Carole Baskin.
The story also details his feud with Carole Baskin and Jeff Lowe, who were both featured in Netflix's Tiger King series.