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Kate McKinnon confirmed to play Carole Baskin in upcoming ‘Joe Exotic’ series

Carole Baskin & Kate McKinnon

Actress and queer advocate Kate McKinnon will step into the role of Carole Baskin, the big cat lover at the center of a scandal in the upcoming film version of the Joe Exotic scandal.

For those unfamiliar with Joe Exotic (real name Joseph Maldonato-Passage), or the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, the self-described gay, gun-toting redneck rose to prominence in the early 2010s for his personal zoo in Oklahoma where he kept dozens of animals–in particular, tigers–as pets. Exotic, who also moonlighted as a country music singer, developed an intense hatred for Baskin over her criticisms of his zoo. A wild rivalry began, with Exotic accusing Baskin of killing her late husband, and with Baskin suing Exotic for harassment and copyright infringement.

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Exotic’s life began to unravel after his marriage to two husbands (the trio had a polygamous relationship) dissolved; one man left Exotic for a woman, and the other committed suicide. Following a failed run for Oklahoma governor, Exotic was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to kill Baskin.

Baskin has criticized Tiger King for sensationalizing her story, and for misleading characterizations of her animal rescue. McKinnon will appear in a scripted series titled Joe Exotic, the start date of which has yet to be announced.

Tiger King streams on Netflix.