Nicolas Cage is set to play Joe Exotic in eight-part scripted series based on eccentric star of Netflix's Tiger King

Nicolas Cage has been chosen to portray Joe Exotic in an upcoming scripted series based on the Tiger King star.

The eight-part series is based on the Texas Monthly article 'Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild' by Leif Reigstad.

Cage, 56, is set to executive produce (via Saturn Films) the story surrounding Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, a zookeeper in Oklahoma.

The show will explore how he became Joe Exotic and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation, Variety reports.

It will mark Cage's first ever television role but based on the variety of oddball characters he's played on the big screen, it shouldn't be a challenge for the Oscar winner.

The eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. It will be taken to market in the coming days.

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