Nicolas Cage to play Joe Exotic in new TV series

Nicolas Cage. (Getty Images)
Nicolas Cage. (Getty Images)

For his first television role in his career, Nicolas Cage will play Joe Exotic.

The 56-year-old will star as the eccentric zoo owner in a new series based on the article by Leif Reigstad, Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild.

According to Variety, the eight-episode limited series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television.

The series logline reads: "The story centres around Joe Shreibvogel, an eccentric, exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park - even at the risk of losing his sanity. The series 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," reports CNN.

Since the premiere of the Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness the story of Joe - who is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his involvement in a murder to hire plot - has gained traction.

A limited series starring Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin is also in the works and 20th Century Pictures is reportedly planning a movie following the success of the documentary.

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