John Cameron Mitchell to Star as Joe Exotic

The 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' creator will be playing opposite Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin in a new series
John Cameron Mitchell to Star as Joe Exotic
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell has been cast to play Joe Exotic for an upcoming limited series.

Today news broke that Mitchell will play opposite Kate McKinnon's Carole Baskin in NBCUniversal Television's Tiger King series, which so far has the working title of Joe Exotic.

"I'm thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk antihero," said Mitchell in a statement. "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."

The series is coming from showrunner Ethan Frankel and being based on the Joe Exotic podcast from host/reporter Robert Moor.

"It's clear that an over-the-top character like Joe needed someone very special," said Steven O'Neill of UCP, the producer on the series. "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."

This series is one of a few new Tiger King projects, including another for Amazon, with Nicolas Cage currently attached to play the role of Joe Exotic.

Also, Netflix is working on a second season of its documentary, while BBC documentarian Louis Theroux just released Shooting Joe Exotic, which is a follow-up to his 2011 film that featured Joe Exotic.

So far, there is no word on when the series starring Mitchell will premiere.