Nicolas Cage will play incarcerated zoo owner Joe Exotic in a new TV series inspired by the central character of Netflix's documentary series Tiger King.

The Oscar-winning actor will also serve as an executive producer on the eight-episode project, which will be written by American Vandal showrunner Dan Lagana.

It is based on the Texas Monthly article Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into The World Of A Man Gone Wild, by Leif Reigstad.

The series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios and will soon be offered to TV networks and streaming platforms.

US entertainment news outlet Variety first reported the story.

Joe Exotic

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness arrived on Netflix in March and proved a huge hit for the streaming giant as viewers under global lockdown flocked to its cast of characters and shocking plot twists.

It tells the story of Exotic - whose real name is Joe Schreibvogel - a mulleted, gun-toting, polygamist who presided over an Oklahoma zoo.

He is currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison for plotting the murder of Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist.

This miniseries will be Nicolas Cage's first TV project. He made his film debut with a minor part in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, before landing key roles ins the likes of Peggy Sue Got Married, Moonstruck and Raising Arizona.

The 56-year-old won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic Hollywood writer in 1995's Leaving Las Vegas.

Known for his distinctive acting style, his other roles include The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air and National Treasure.