Hey all you cool cats and kittens – the first trailer for the upcoming Joe Exotic series has been released, as Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon completely transforms to become big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin.
Joe vs Carole, a dramatised version of the Netflix docu-series Tiger King, stars John Cameron Mitchell as big cat owner Exotic, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for the murder-to-hire plot against Baskin as well as animal abuse charges.
The eight-episode series is due to premiere in March… and it looks like it’s going to be a gripping watch.
The trailer opens with chilling music, as Baskin pins a picture of Exotic to a board, as she says: ‘This is who we’ve been after,’ before adding: ‘Whoever you are, we’re coming for you.’
However, Mitchell’s version of Exotic plans on fighting back, stating: ‘If she wants to mess with me, I can mess with her,’ as the trailer tells viewers that they only know ‘half the tale’ from watching Tiger King.
Tensions increase, as McKinnon’s Baskin affirms that she’s at ‘war’ with her adversary.
There were plenty of extreme reactions to the trailer, with one person tweeting: ‘This is mortifying and I cannot wait to watch it.’
‘The quote comments are half Kate stans losing their s**t and the other half people hating on the film anyways stan Kate McKinnon always,’ another person remarked, while someone else wrote: ‘I HAVE NEVER SCREAMED LOUDER BYE.’
Some people commented that they thought the series looked like it was an SNL sketch, considering she has been portrayed on the skit show before.
Considering it’s been almost two years since Tiger King first premiered, followed by season two in September 2021 and an upcoming third instalment, it seems the appetite is still there among audiences for more Exotic and Baskin content.
Joe vs Carole showrunner Etan Frankel described the show as a ‘wild ride’, praising the two lead actors for their performances.
‘John Cameron Mitchell is one of the most gifted and thoughtful actors I’ve ever worked with. He cares so deeply about the work, and his performance is breathtaking,’ he said.
‘And Kate McKinnon is simply remarkable. She is able to make us double over with laughter one moment and then break our hearts the next. It was an absolute thrill to watch these two exceptional actors morph into these roles.’
Joe vs Carole is due to premiere on March 3 on Peacock in the US.
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