The NBC Joe Exotic sequence finds its star in actor John Cameron Mitchell
Over a 12 months in the past, because the world was reeling from post-Tiger King mania, NBC introduced that it was making a scripted sequence based mostly on the large cat fanatic Joe “Tiger King” Exotic and his longtime rivalry together with his arch nemesis Carole Baskin. Comedy genius and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon was set to play Baskin after which information in regards to the mission, simply, stopped. Then, on April 19, 2021 the present discovered its star in actor John Cameron Mitchell, who pays Exotic, and it feels like we’re about to slip proper again into our Tiger King obsession as a result of this forged is iconic.
John Cameron Mitchell’s most well-known function is because the co-creator and star of Hedwig within the iconic gender queer punk rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
However, most millennials will most likely acknowledge him as Aidy Bryant’s shitty boss on her Hulu sequence Shrill.
The extra I have a look at gifs of Mitchell, the extra I see it. This man really is the Joe Exotic.
“I’m thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk antihero,” Mitchell stated in an announcement in regards to the function (through Deadline). “Joe and I are the same age and like him, I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas so I feel like I know a little bit about this guy and his desperate attempt to conquer an inhospitable world.”
As for McKinnon, she is completely good within the function as probably-husband-murdering massive cat fanatic Carole Baskin.
Although the Netflix sequence tackled all kinds of Tiger King lore, from Exotic dropping his zoo to Jeff Lowe, to Exotic’s truthfully kinda-predatory relationships with younger males, the scripted NBC sequence will deal with the connection and rivalry between Exotic and Baskin.
“The limited series centers on Carole Baskin (McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe ‘Exotic’ Schreibvogel (Mitchell) is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous,” reads the present’s blurb on Deadline.
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— Dustin Putman (@DustinPutman) April 19, 2021
Though the Netflix doc made ~Tiger King~ a family identify, this new present was already within the works earlier than anybody binge-watched the docu-series. The new NBC present is definitely based mostly on the Joe Exotic: Tiger King podcast, which was launched a number of weeks earlier than the streaming service’s take.
Also, for these retaining observe at house, this is only one of two (!) Tiger King-inspired scripted reveals. Amazon can also be prepping an identical present with Nicolas Cage starring as Exotic. What a time to be alive.