John Cameron Mitchell Set For Role as the Tiger King in 'Joe Exotic' Narrative Drama

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday April 20, 2021

John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell  (Source:Associated Press)

"Hedwig and The Angry Inch" star John Cameron Mitchell is signed on for a title role as Joe Exotic in an upcoming TV series based on the Wondery podcast about the subject, Deadline reports.

Mitchell will star opposite Kate McKinnon in the project, with the crime-drama set to appear across NBC's television and streaming Entertainment platforms, such as USA Network, Peacock, and NBC.

Mitchell is set to play Joe "Exotic" Schreibvogel, the eccentric Oklahoma zoo owner who found himself feuding with animal rights activist Carol Baskin, who worked continuously to bring down his businesses animal abusing.

Baskin is set to be portrayed by McKinnon, in her first starring role in live action TV outside her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Mitchell spoke excitedly about this new role to Deadline, even talking about the similarities between his and Exotic's early backgrounds.

"I'm thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk antihero," Mitchell stated. "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."

EVP of Casting & Talent Development at UCP Steven O'Neill expressed a similar enthusiasm for Mitchell's hiring, and the demands that the role would bring.

"It's clear that an over-the-top character like Joe needed someone very special," said Steven O'Neill, EVP, Casting & Talent Development, UCP.

"We are so excited to have John Cameron Mitchell, an adored icon of the LGBTQ community, take on this compelling role. His casting speaks to our ongoing vision of universal storytelling, and we can't wait for our audiences to experience the show."

As of right now, there is no announced release date for this series.

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