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Nicolas Cage lined up to play Joe Exotic in Tiger King drama

Nicolas Cage lined up to play Joe Exotic in Tiger King drama
Nicolas Cage reportedly signs up to play Joe Exotic in a new eight-part drama based on the Tiger King star's life story.

Nicolas Cage has reportedly signed up to play Tiger King star Joe Exotic in a new eight-part drama series.

The hit Netflix show told the remarkable story of Exotic, an eccentric zookeeper who was jailed for allegedly plotting to murder a rival, and was seen by more than 34 million households worldwide in its first 10 days alone.

According to Variety, Cage - Oscar-winning star of Leaving Las Vegas - will take on his first regular TV role for the new series and will also serve as one of the executive producers.

The magazine says that the as-yet untitled show "will live in the lion's den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation".

Rob Lowe is also said to be developing a show based on Exotic with American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy.

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