SNL’s Kate McKinnon was previously cast as Carole Baskin and now Deadline reports that the series has cast John Cameron Mitchell as its character of the same name. The show is based on Wondery’s podcast about the Exotic saga and is expected to air on Peacock, NBC and USA Network.
John Cameron Mitchell is not the first actor to play the legendary role of Joe Exotic. Amazon’s own series about the eccentric zookeeper recently announced they cast Nicolas Cage for the role. Mitchell previously starred in the popular cult film Hedwig and the Angry Inch and appeared in shows such as The Good Fight, Shrill, Girls, and Vinyl.
Mitchell reveals, “I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of this modern folk antihero. Joe and I are the same age and like him I grew up strangely in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. I feel a little bit over to know this guy and his desperate attempt to conquer an inhospitable world. ”
Although the series is expected to focus on Baskin, the feud between Baskin and Exotic is a core part of the show. However, it is unclear whether or not the story will continue to investigate the death of Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis. In reality, Exotic has previously claimed Baskin murdered Lewis despite denying the allegations.
In the days following the announcement, Mitchell also took to Instagram to tease fans with a series of tiger-themed posts.
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