Nicolas Cage has revealed that he will no longer play Joe Exotic on the small screen.

The Oscar-winner was due to take on the role of the Tiger King in a series for Amazon, and he claims it is now shelved.

"We should clear the record," Cage told Variety. "I read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it come together."

Joe Exotic in Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

He added, "They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it's no longer relevant."

Amazon has yet to release an update on the status of their production.

Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness made Joe Exotic a household name and became one of the most talked about shows during lockdown last year.

Exotic - whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage - was arrested in 2018 and convicted a year later for trying to have a rival big cats park owner, Carole Baskin, murdered.

He is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence.