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Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator to play Joe Exotic in new TV series based on Tiger King saga

The series will also star SNL’s Kate McKinnon

John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator John Cameron Mitchell will play larger-than-life zoo owner Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado-Passage in the upcoming NBC limited series Joe Exotic.

Mitchell costars as the Oklahoma-based operator of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, opposite Kate McKinnon as his archnemesis, Florida big-cat rights activist Carole Baskin. The show will air across NBC, Peacock, and USA Network.

Joe Exotic is based on the Wondery Podcast hosted by Robert Moore, and will be written and produced by Etan Frankel.

Maldonado-Passage, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence, is the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary series Tiger King.

Composer Andrew Lippa previously hinted that he'd love to make a musical version of the Joe Exotic saga, going so far as to release a track featuring Kristin Chenoweth.

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