'Hey All You Cool Cats and Kittens!' Here's Our Dream Cast for the Upcoming Tiger King Limited Series
Kate McKinnon is already set to play Carole Baskin in one series and Nicolas Cage Joe Exotic in another, but here's a list of who we'd want to join them
Dax Shepard or Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic
Shepard is itching to get up close and personal with some big cats and play Joe Exotic. In a dream world, he's our man. In reality, he's got some competition.
On May 4, it was announced Nicolas Cage will play Exotic in a series produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios and based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.
However, a second series is in the works, starring Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin for Universal Content Productions.
After watching the docuseries on Netflix, Shepard tweeted, "If I don't get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken."
Actor Edward Norton was quick to respond tweeting, "Um, step aside, pal. You’re way too young and buff and you know it."
Jared Leto has also expressed love for the show. Let the big cat games begin!
Kate McKinnon or Lisa Kudrow as Carole Baskin
But we would love to see Lisa Kudrow step into the character, as well, maybe in the Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios series. It would give her a chance to sing an updated version of "Smelly Cat" at the very least.
Shia LaBeouf as John Finlay
You know LaBeouf would really get into the role of John Finlay, one of Joe Exotic's husbands (yes, plural) who was married to the zoo owner for 11 years before leaving him for his co-worker, Amber.
Tyler Posey as Travis Maldonado
Posey should play Joe Exotic's husband, Travis Maldonado, who married Exotic and his husband, John Finlay, at 19.
Will Ferrell as Doc Antle
Who else could play Doc Antle? He's like a real-life version of Ferrell's character from the "Love-ah" SNL sketch — just with a 50-acre tiger sanctuary and multiple "wives" in a cult-like environment.
Lauren Lapkus as Barbara Fisher
Lapkus is a dead ringer for Barbara a.k.a. Bala, who worked for Doc Antle at T.I.G.E.R.S. and was extremely candid about the inner workings of the cult-like operation.
Bob Odenkirk as Don Lewis
Odenkirk would absolutely nail it as Baskin's millionaire husband who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Bruce Willis as Jeff Lowe
Joe Exotic's double-crossing business partner should be played by Willis because ... who else?!
Woody Harrelson as Tim Stark
Add some scruff and a cowboy hat and voilá, Harrelson would easily embody Tim Stark, who worked with Wildlife in Need and became Jeff Lowe's partner after he took over Exotic's zoo.
Bryan Cranston as John Reinke
If Cranston trimmed his facial hair into a big ol' mustache, he'd be the spitting image of John Reinke
Vincent Rodriguez III as Saff
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star should play Saff Saffery, who had his arm torn off by a tiger while on the job with Exotic ... and returned to work days after having it amputated.
After the docuseries premiered, Robert Moor, who produced a podcast on the same subject tweeted, "Saff, the person who got mauled by the tiger, told me repeatedly that he is trans, prefers to be called Saff (not “Kelci”), and uses he/him pronouns." He encouraged his followers to "please do likewise" after Saff was mis-gendered in the series.
Sam Elliott as Rick Kirkham
It would mean trimming that glorious mustache, but Elliott would be the ideal Rick Kirham, who was a producer for Joe Exotic TV.
Bret Michaels as Erik Cowie
We're sure his experience on reality television would set Michaels up perfectly to play one of Exotic's staff members, Erik Cowie.