“I am delighted to take on the role of this modern popular antihero,” Mitchell said previously in a statement. “Joe and I are the same age and like him I grew up gay in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so I feel like I know a bit more about this guy and his desperate attempt to win over a inhospitable world. Steven O’Neill, Executive Vice President of Casting and Talent Development for Series Producer UCP, added, “We are delighted that John Cameron Mitchell, a beloved icon of the LGBTQ community, is assuming this fascinating role. Its cast is a testament to our current take on universal storytelling, and we can’t wait for our audiences to experience the series.
The new series is not based on Netflix’s version of the story, but rather on the Wondery Podcast series named after the strange zookeeper turned convicted felon (the Wondery podcast actually debuted two weeks ago). before the Netflix series).
McKinnon will be the executive producer of the series in addition to the star, Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and Aaron Hart will also be executive producers. Justin tip (Flatbush offenses) will direct the first four episodes of the series. Black Widow director Cate Shortland will direct episodes five through eight. The series description for the show reads as follows:
“Joe Exotic (wt) focuses on Carole Baskin (McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that another exotic animal lover, Joe” Exotic “Schreibvogel (Mitchell) breeds and uses his big cats for profit . She decides to close. his business, causing the rivalry to escalate rapidly. But Carole has her own checkered past and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as his hypocrisy. The results are dangerous. “
Other actors in the series include Kyle MacLachlan as Howard Baskin, William Fichtner as Rick Kirkham, Sam Keeley as John Finlay, Nat Wolff as Travis Maldonado, and Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe.