Tiger King cast: Who will be in Tiger King drama? Real-life stars speak out

Tiger King is the documentary we never knew we needed, filled with bizarre conspiracies, murder plots and unexpected country music. For all those cool cats and kittens who have watched the entirety of the Netflix show, a mini-series is also on the way which will delve even more into the ongoing feud between Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin and the rest of the big cat community.

According to reports, Saturday Night Live actress and comedian Kate McKinnon is already working on a new mini-series based on the Tiger King documentary and podcast.
But not only will she act as an executive producer on the show, but she will also star in the drama as none other than owner of Big Cat Rescue and Joe Exotic’s nemesis Carole Baskin.
Throughout the Netflix documentary, she is accused of murdering her second husband Don Lewis by feeding him to the tigers at her enclosure – something which she has denied.
The new show will focus on her and Joe but will also feature many of the other real-life figures.


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Who will be in Tiger King drama?

Shortly after the series was released, an eighth episode entitled Tiger King and I was dropped on Netflix.
In this special episode, comedian Joe McHale got the chance to interview some of the stars of Tiger King via video link due to the coronavirus lockdown.
He asked many of his guests who they envisioned playing them in the drama and their answers were not disappointing.
First up, was former manager of the GW Zoo John Reinke who has his sights set high on a Hollywood actor.

When asked who he thought should play him in a true adaptation of the Tiger King story, Reike said actor Matthew McConaughey who has been in countless memorable movies including Dallas Buyers Club, Interstella, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Kelci “Saff” Saffery also had someone already in mind when asked the same question.
One of the most dramatic moments in Tiger King was when Saff had his arm amputated after being bitten by a tiger.
In Tiger King and I, he said: “I still go back to the kid who played Johnny Tsunami [played by Brandon Baker].”
But when McHale suggested comedian and The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong, he said: “That would be so amazing.”

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Ex-producer of Joe Exotic’s online show Rick Kirkham had his say and thinks actor, writer and director Billy Bob Thornton could be a good fit.
Speaking to McHale, he said: “I think the one person that’s been brought up is Billy Bob Thornton. I think he might make a good Rick Kirkham.”
Stars of Tiger King have also spoken to various publications about possible castings.
Joe’s ex-husband John Finlay told CNN he wanted either Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum to play him, while current husband Dillon Passage told People he thought Zac Efron would be the perfect fit.
He said: “Blue eyes, dark hair, good-looking. I mean, what else can I say?”
While talking to RADIO.com Channel Q’s The Morning Beat, Jeff’s wife Lauren she wanted Confessions of a Shopaholic actress Isla Fisher to play her.
Jeff then commented: “If Isla Fisher’s gonna be Lauren, then I wanna play Jeff.”
But various publications have commented that actor Sean Penn could take on the role of Jeff.
Meanwhile, suggestions have also been made that someone such as Will Ferrell or Matt Damon might be a good fit for fellow safari owner Doc Antle.
But who does the Tiger King himself want acting as him in the mini-series?


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Joe is currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison for various animal abuse charges and a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin.
But this hasn’t stopped him suggesting who could play him in the new drama.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Tiger King filmmaker Rebecca Chaiklin said they had put the question to Joe during a phone call.
She said: “He would like Brad Pitt or David Spade to play him.”
So would either of these Hollywood actors be up for playing the Tiger King himself?
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to watch on Netflix.

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