Carole Baskin has given Kate McKinnon her seal of approval for Peacock’s upcoming Joe Exotic limited series. After photos surfaced on October 8 showing the Saturday Night Live star as a big cat rights activist and subject of Tiger King, even Baskin herself had to do a double take, revealing to TMZ that McKinnon is already playing his new role.
Reacting to those first photos, Baskin told the outlet she was “stunned” to see McKinnon’s transformation. In the pictures, McKinnon was shown with long blonde hair, similar to Baskin’s, and wearing jeans, a blue cardigan and a printed shirt. Baskin said that in creating the look, the producers “nailed the wardrobe,” so much so that Baskin even said that she had almost the exact same outfit in her own closet. Baskin joked that McKinnon “has to channel his inner cat lady” as she takes on the role. Baskin also praised actor Kyle MacLachlan, who stars as her second husband, Howard, although she admitted Howard never wears short-sleeved button-down shirts.
Based on the Wondery Joe Exotic podcast, the upcoming limited series is expected to be “a lot more personal” than Netflix’s hit docuseries. An official synopsis for the new series reads: “She plans to shut down her business, sparking a rapidly escalating rivalry. But Carole has her own checkered past and when the claws emerge, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as his hypocrisy. The results are dangerous. McKinnon, who will also be executive producer, was chosen to play Baskin in March 2020.
While Baskin certainly seems to endorse the limited series a lot more than Tiger King was – she previously called the docuseries “salacious and sensational” and alleged that the project she was asked to participate in was not what ended up on screen – she made him admit that she is being kept in the dark about certain aspects. She told TMZ she didn’t know how her feud with Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for a murder conspiracy, would be described. She also expresses hope that the series won’t use real big cats.
In addition to McKinnon and MacLachlan, the series will star John Cameron Mitchell as Joe Exotic, Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe, Nat Wolff as Travis Maldonado and William Fitchner as Rick Kirkham. It is expected to be available exclusively on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform. A premiere date has not been announced.