John Cameron Mitchell To Play Joe Exotic In Drama Series About ‘Tiger King’ Star
“I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas so I feel like I know a little bit about this guy,” the actor said.
04/19/2021 01:43 PM ET
Updated Apr 20, 2021
The director and actor ― best known for co-creating and starring in the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” rock musical that went from stage to screen to Broadway ― will embody the animal trainer made famous by the “Tiger King” Netflix
documentary. “Saturday Night Live
” star Kate McKinnon was already tabbed to portray his rival, Carole Baskin
The story, which will air across NBC, Peacock and the USA Network, will focus on Baskin, a big-cat advocate, seeking to shut down Joe Exotic’s zoo operation when she learns he is exploiting tigers for profit.
John Cameron Mitchell will play Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel, the Oklahoma zoo owner made infamous in the Netflix docuseries ‘Tiger King.’ https://t.co/247PojYW0U
“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,” Deadline wrote of the production synopsis
. “The results prove dangerous.”
“I’m thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk antihero,” the Tony-winning Mitchell said, per The Hollywood Reporter
. “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.”
Spoiler alert: Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to have Baskin murdered, in addition to violating federal wildlife laws. The imprisoned zookeeper hoped to no avail
to be pardoned by former President Donald Trump before he left office.
The “Tiger King” documentary offered a welcome distraction for many people at the start of the pandemic.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” went “from screen to stage.” In fact, it was a stage musical first.
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