The present will chronicle the occasions depicted within the hit 2020 documentary collection from Netflix and beforehand introduced that it tapped “Saturday Night time Dwell” alum Kate McKinnon to play Joe’s real-life rival, Huge Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.
Now, Leisure Weekly studies that Mitchell, greatest recognized for roles in “The Good Struggle,” “Shrill” and co-creating the musical “Hedwig and the Indignant Inch,” will painting a dramatized model of the enigmatic former Oklahoma zookeeper who’s at present in jail on fees associated to a failed murder-for-hire plot focusing on Baskin.
“I am thrilled to tackle the position of this contemporary people antihero,” stated Mitchell in an announcement to the outlet. “Joe and I are the identical age, and like him, I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, so I really feel like I do know slightly bit about this man and his determined try to beat an inhospitable world.”
In line with Selection, Mitchell beforehand received Tony Awards for his Broadway work together with a win for greatest revival of a musical and a particular award for efficiency. He additionally directed and starred within the movie model of “Hedwig,” for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for greatest actor in a musical or comedy. Hisother movie directing credit embrace “Shortbus” and “How one can Discuss to Ladies at Events.”
“It’s clear that an over-the-top character like Joe wanted somebody very particular,” Steven O’Neill, govt vice chairman of casting and expertise growth for collection producer UCP, informed the outlet. “We’re so excited to have John Cameron Mitchell, an adored icon of the LGBTQ neighborhood, tackle this compelling position. His casting speaks to our ongoing imaginative and prescient of common storytelling, and we will’t look ahead to our audiences to expertise the present.”
Though “Tiger King” on Netflix made Joe Unique’s story standard, the collection might be primarily based on the “Wondery” podcast “Joe Unique,” with the present at present working beneath the identical working title.