Dennis Quaid Joins Peacock’s ‘Joe Exotic’

Calling all you cool cats and kittens. The Tiger King TV show has been officially cast. Titled Joe Exotic, the Peacock series just announced Dennis Quaid will play Rick Kirkham, the reality show producer responsible for the phenomenon. Quaid will join Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell as the show’s leads.

Though the series is named after the infamous tiger park owner, Joe Exotic, it will focus on his rival and eventual hit Carole Baskin, played by McKinnon. Mitchell is set to play Exotic. According to Variety the show will be as follows:

Adapted from the Wondery Podcast of the same name, “Joe Exotic” centers on Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.

Bringing up the rear the show’s cavalcade of characters is Brian Van Holt as zoo manager Jon Reinke, Nat Wolff as joe’s first husband Travis Maldonado, and Sam Keeley as Joe’s second husband John Finlay.

No release date has been given yet. Amazon is also working on a Tiger King project with Nicholas Cage as Exotic.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.