It seems like there are approximately 4,909 Joe Exotic projects in the works (that’s a low estimate), but everyone can slather their projects in sardine oil and feed ’em to the tigers because screen legend Tara Reid is in talks to grace a Tiger King movie with her star power. Tara could honestly play Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, the tigers, the toothless boyfriend, and all the other roles, but she’s apparently just in talks to play self-proclaimed big pussy savior Carole Baskin for now.
All of the Joe Exotic projects in the works include a scripted series starring Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic, a Kate McKinnon-produced scripted series based on the podcast Joe Exotic (Kate will also play Carole), and a possible Ryan Murphy show starring Rob Lowe as Joe. Well, the Academy can start engraving 44-year-old Tara Reid’s name on a statue, because her manager tells Page Six that she’s a huge fan of the Tiger King docu-series on Netflix and may put on a leopard-print blouse from Dress Barn and a Michael’s fake flower crown to play 58-year-old Carole.
“We are in talks with the producers and she is being considered, that is all I can say at the moment as casting is on hold,” Philippe Ashfield, Reid’s manager and business partner, told The Post.
“Tara loves ‘Tiger King’ and found the documentary extremely interesting. She feels she could get into the character of Carole Baskin very well … and she has a similar look to [Baskin],” Ashfield added.
“Get into the character of Carole Baskin very well…” Err, Tara’s current piece better hide the sardine oil, meat grinder, etc…
Obviously, all of these Tiger King productions are currently held up from filming, but as for development and casting, there really is no excuse for keeping Tara––and the rest of us––in suspense like this. Haven’t these casting directors seen the 2017 masterpiece Bus Party to Hell? Right now, Tara’s mailbox should be flooded with offers.