It's been introduced that Kyle MacLachlan will play Howard Baskin in Peacock’s Joe Unique sequence, which can star John Cameron Mitchell because the notorious huge cat wrangler/mullet fanatic Joe Unique and Kate McKinnon as his arch-nemesis, Carole Baskin. MacLachlan, greatest recognized for his collaborations with director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Dune), is a Golden Globe winner who has additionally appeared in movies similar to Showgirls and The Flintstones, and TV reveals similar to Determined Housewives and Portlandia.
Audiences first obtained a glimpse into the wild world of huge cat breeding in Netflix’s true crime documentary sequence Tiger King, which kind of united the planet throughout the preliminary few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. A spate of scripted tasks primarily based on the twisted story was rapidly greenlit.
Multi-hyphenate producer Ryan Murphy was reportedly creating a sequence with Rob Lowe being eyed for the titular function. A miniseries from Ron Howard’s Think about Leisure, set to star Nicolas Cage as Joe Unique, was additionally introduced. Amazon Prime Video acquired the Cage undertaking in September 2020.
Whereas nothing will be as engaging because the prospect of watching Nicolas Cage have a honest dialog with a tiger, the Peacock sequence has racked up fairly the ensemble solid. The present may even characteristic Brian Van Holt as John Reinke, Nat Wolff as Travis Maldonado, Sam Keeley as John Finlay, Lex Mayson as Saff, Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe, Joel Marsh Garland as James Garretson, and William Fichtner as Rick Kirkham.
Not like the Cage sequence, which relies on a Texas Month-to-month article titled Joe Unique: A Darkish Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild, by Leif Reigstad, the Peacock present is customized from a Wondery podcast by the identical title. However every of those tasks has Tiger King’s sheer recognition to thank. Netflix reported in its first-quarter earnings launch in 2020 that the documentary sequence had been sampled by 64 million households within the first month of its launch. The sequence additionally attracted its fair proportion of criticism, principally centered round its sensationalist remedy of a slightly severe topic. Many, together with Collider’s Dave Trumbore, referred to as the documentary out for doing a disservice to the reason for animal welfare. The actual-life Joe Unique, or Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is presently serving a 22-year jail sentence for his function in an assassination plot in opposition to Baskin.
Etan Frankel serves as author and government producer of the Peacock sequence. Saturday Evening Dwell alum McKinnon additionally government produces alongside Wondery’s Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy, and Aaron Hart. Justin Tipping will direct the primary 4 episodes, together with the pilot. No launch date has but been introduced
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