Nicolas Cage to Play “Tiger King’s” Joe Exotic in Scripted Series

Nicholas Cage, known for his roles in such films as “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Moonstruck” will be portraying Joe Exotic of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” in a new scripted series.

Variety reports Nicolas Cage is set to star in a scripted series centered on Joe Exotic, the subject of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” Variety has learned exclusively.

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.

The story centers around Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, an eccentric, exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park even at the risk of losing his sanity. The series 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.

The reaction on Twitter was mixed.

A few mentioned they think actor David Spade looks closer to Joe Exotic than Cage.