Yes, Kate McKinnon Is Set to Play Tiger King’s Carole Baskin

Yes, Kate McKinnon Is Set to Play Tiger King’s Carole Baskin

But who should play the rest of the cast in the Joe Exotic series based on Wondery’s podcast? We have some suggestions.

Your obsession with Tiger King, Netflix’s latest true-crime masterpiece, will soon be rewarded with more Tiger King. Last fall—long before the Netflix–subscribed masses knew much if anything about polyamorous, big-cat wrangling, former presidential candidate Joe Exotic and his vicious feud with Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin—Kate McKinnon signed up to star in and executive produce a limited series based on the podcast Joe Exotic. And yes: the Saturday Night Live star will be playing Baskin, a fascinating choice considering the entire cast of Tiger King feels like a particularly bizarre group of SNL characters.

McKinnon’s series will be based on the six-episode Wondery podcast, which is available to listen to now. Like the Netflix docuseries, the podcast follows the life of Baskin, an utterly beguiling, slightly malevolent big-cat enthusiast who wants to rid the U.S. of illegal big-cat zoos.

The show is not yet attached to a network or streamer, which means we don’t know when or where it might premiere. All we do know, really, is that McKinnon will play the lead even though she doesn’t really look like Baskin, nor is she old enough to play her. Still, it will be interesting to see the Emmy winner’s take on the flower-crown-wearing Big Cat Rescue CEO. Just the thought of McKinnon cooing, “Hey all you cool cats and kittens” in front of a crappy green screen is titillating enough.

The real question, then, is this: who will fill out the rest of the cast? Somewhere out there, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are thumb-wrestling to see whose agent gets to reach out about playing Joe Exotic, while David Spade is crafting a really, really long text to McKinnon about their shared SNL ties—and how Exotic “could be a really great Emmys play for me.” Danny McBride already has several wig consultants working on the perfect mullet. Billy Bob Thornton could not be reached for comment. (But he would also make an amazing Rick Kirkham, just sitting in a chic Oslo cafe and sipping an endless cup of coffee—so long as Ed Harris or J.K. Simmons don’t beat him to it.) Sam Rockwell, please sit this one out. You can’t play everything!

And who should play “Doc” Antle, Baskin’s other cultish big-cat nemesis? Perhaps Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, or comedy legend Steve Martin. Will Ferrell would also be an inspired choice, considering he’s already proven incredible at playing people who do not seem to be quite of this planet. Russell Crowe probably wants to see the script before he considers it, while Christian Bale’s doctor is telling him no, he cannot do another physical transformation for a potential role. Kevin Costner…if you’re reading this…that would be interesting as well. But truly, any of these men would also be great as Jeff Lowe, the rich (but maybe not that rich???) big-cat dirtbag who betrayed Exotic in the end. Jonathan Banks would also nail the role of Lowe’s crooked right-hand man, a more bumble-headed version of Banks’s Breaking Bad character, Mike Ehrmantraut.

For Baskin’s husband, Howard, though, there is only one option: he should obviously be played by Ben Stein. Make it so, TV gods.

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