‘Joe vs. Carole’ Trailer: Kate McKinnon Takes On the “Tiger King” as Carole Baskin in Series


Saturday Night Live alum Kate McKinnon stars as Carole Baskin in Joe vs Carole, bringing the crazy true story depicted in Netflix’s Tiger King to life as a scripted series.

Filmed completely in Queensland, Australia, Joe vs. Carole is an adaptation of the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King, hosted and reported by Robert Moor in 2020. McKinnon plays American animal rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue Carole Baskin, whose name blew up thanks to her escalating feud with Oklahoma-based private zoo owner Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel (played by John Cameron Mitchell, Shrill). She set out to shut down Joe’s venture, but could not have predicted the escalating rivalry that would ensue. It would end with Exotic being sentenced to over 20 years in jail.

The series also stars Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Howard Baskin; Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) as John Reinke; Sam Keeley (The English Game) as John Finlay; Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Travis Maldonado; Australia’s Marlo Kelly (Dare Me) as Jamie Murdock; William Fichtner (Mom) as Rick Kirkham; Dean Winters (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Jeff Lowe; and Australia’s David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) as Don Lewis.

McKinnon executive produces the series, written and executive produced by Etan Frankel (writer/EP on series such as Shameless U.S. and Animal Kingdom) and directed by Justin Tipping (Kicks) and Natalie Bailey.

All 8 episodes of Joe vs. Carole will be hitting Stan in Australia and Peacock in the U.S. on March 8th.


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