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John Cameron Mitchell Set to Play 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic in NBCU TV Series | THR News

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Mitchell will star opposite Kate McKinnon in the drama from Universal Content Productions and showrunner Etan Frankel.

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- They have a heart and soul and a mind. I've learned from them. But Carole Baskin keeps saying, I can't have these tigers.

- If he ever had an enemy in his life, it was Carole Baskin.

NEHA JOY: NBCU has found its Joe Exotic. John Cameron Mitchell, who won Tonys for writing and starring in Broadway's, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," will take on the role of exotic animal lover, Joe Exotic Schreibvogel in a new scripted limited series that is set to air across NBC Universal's linear and streaming platforms.

As previously announced, Saturday Night Live Emmy winner Kate McKinnon will star as activist Carole Baskin in the drama. Based on Wondery's, Joe Exotic podcast from host and reporter Robert Moore, the series will follow the big cat rivalry between Baskin and Schreibvogel.

The feuds between the two exotic animal lovers were heavily publicized, including in Netflix's hit docuseries, "Tiger King," which was one of the early streaming breakout hits at the start of the pandemic last year.

Mitchell himself spoke out about his casting saying, I'm thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk anti-hero. 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.

Mitchell becomes the latest actor to take on the role of Joe Exotic. Nicolas Cage is playing the part in a scripted TV series for Amazon, and other adaptations are rumored to also be in various stages of development, including one starring Rob Lowe and one from Ryan Murphy. For more on this story, head to THR.com. For the Hollywood Reporter News, I'm Neha Joy.