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Nicholas Cage is your new Tiger King, will play Joe Exotic in scripted series

Actor Nicholas Cage is set to play  Joe Exotic in an upcoming drama series inspired by the popular Netlix series “Tiger King.”

Variety reports that the “Leaving Las Vegas” actor will play Joe Exotic in an upcoming scripted series co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios.  It will follow the life of the animal trainer who was convicted of plotting to murder his professional rival Carole Baskin, and will be adapted from the Texas Monthly feature story “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.

Joe Exotic rose to national fame after the Neftlix series became must-watch television during the early stages of shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic. He is currently in prison following his 2018 conviction.

Nancy Grace hosted a weeklong series featuring excusive behind-the-scenes interviews with key players in the wild drama. Watch “A Tiger King Investigation with Nancy Grace” exclusively on Fox Nation. 

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[Feature image: Santa Rosa County Jail; Vincent Yu for AP]