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.
I honestly think Joe Exotic could play Nicholas Cage far better than Nicholas Cage could play Joe Exotic.
— James Kurdziel (@JamesRadio) May 5, 2020
— Matt Matlock (@Matlock0_TV) May 5, 2020
A few mentioned they think actor David Spade looks closer to Joe Exotic than Cage.
Ok but we all agree that David Spade would make a much better Joe Exotic than Nicholas Cage, right?#TigerKing
— Amplify Magazine (@MagazineAmplify) May 5, 2020
So who would be better for the role to play Joe Exotic. David Spade or Nicholas Cage? 😅😂. Nicholas Cage plays drama pretty good. While David Spade would bring charm pic.twitter.com/JGQGfqpsFI
— UrbanNoizeRmx (@UrbanNoize2) May 4, 2020
There's perfect casting, and then there's Nicholas Cage playing Joe Exotic in a Tiger King series. https://t.co/VD5RBoKs5w
— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) May 4, 2020