Dean Winters has joined the cast of the upcoming Peacock limited series, Joe Exotic, which is based on the Wondery podcast, Joe Exotic: Tiger King.
30 Rock star, 56, to play Jeff Lowe, Exotic’s former partner turned enemy Jeff Lowe, who was one of the main characters in the Netflix hit docu-series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020).
Hosted by journalist Robert Moor, the Tiger King podcast, which was released in March 2020, delved into the popular documentary, while exploring some of the storylines that have not been investigated.
The casting takes shape; : Dean Winters has joined the cast of limited series Peacock, Joe Exotic
As previously announced, John Cameron Mitchell, 58, will himself play the Tiger King wearing the mule, Joe Exotic.
SNL star Kate McKinnon will play Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast who becomes her rival when she tries to shut down her business after learning that he breeds big cats for profit.
The cast also includes Dennis Quaid as Joe’s reality TV producer Rick Kirkham, Brian Van Holt as zoo director John Reinke, Nat Wolff as Joe’s first husband Travis Maldonado, Sam Keeley in the role of Joe’s second husband, John Finlay, and Lex Mayson as Joe’s former employee, Saff.
Supporting roles: The also ready cast includes John Cameron Mitchell as Tiger King wearing the mullet himself, Joe Exotic and Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast who becomes his rival
Ethan Frankel serves a dual role of writer and executive producer as part of his overall deal with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, according to Deadline.
McKinnon, 37, is also an executive producer with Wondery’s Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and Aaron Hart.
Like Exotic (born Joseph Allen Schreibvogel), Baskin also has a checkered past that his new rival tries to expose, which turns out to have a dangerous ending.
The 58-year-old former zoo operator owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Wildlife Park (1999-2018) in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, known for its big cats, before becoming a convicted felon.
The Real Exotic: Joe Exotic (born Joseph Allen Schreibvogel) is a former zoo operator who owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (1999-2018) in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, known for its big cats, before becoming a convicted felon.
In 2019, the Kansas native was convicted of 17 federal animal abuse charges and two counts of attempted rental murder in a plot to kill Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue.
Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year sentence, has featured in a number of documentaries, the most notable being Netflix’s seven-part documentary focusing on his career as a zookeeper and his feud with Baskin.
While in prison, Exotic revealed he was being treated for prostate cancer and has since asked for a compassionate pardon from President Joe Biden in order to he can “go home and get proper medical care and food,” he wrote on Twitter.
His previous attempt at pardon by former President Donald Trump was denied despite persistent lobbying efforts by his legal team.
With 30 Rock (2006-2012), Winters’ full resume includes Oz (1997-2003), Law & Order: SVU (1999-2019), Rescue Me (2004-2007), Sex And The City and Brooklyn Nine- New (2013-2019).
Behind Bars: Exotic, 58, was convicted of 17 federal animal abuse charges and two counts of attempted rental murder in a plot to kill Carole Baskin, her rival and CEO of Big Cat Rescue