Peacock has released the first images and trailer for Joe versus Carol, a limited series centered on big cat enthusiast Carole Baskins and exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel. The show is an adaptation of the Wondery 2020 podcast Exotic Joe: Tiger King hosted and reported by Robert Moor. John Cameron Mitchell (Acute, The good fight) plays Joe Exotic and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) plays Carole Baskin. Etan Frankel fulfills a triple function as showrunner, writer and executive producer. Kate McKinnon will also executive produce along with Wondery’s Alex Katsnelson and Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and Aaron Hart.
The trailer reminds viewers that they only know half the story between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. We see scenes of Carole snuggling up with her team as they try to get some dirt on Joe, while Mr. Exotic goes about his flashy lifestyle. The video is barely half a minute long, but it gives a pretty good impression of what’s in store for fans and viewers.
“JOE versus CAROLE is a wild ride. It’s a fun and rich journey into the history of people who live very extreme lives,” Frankel said in a statement. “When I took on this project a year and a half ago, I found Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin to be utterly fascinating, and this crazy story about two great cat lovers quickly became an important story to tell. I hope when people look JOE versus CAROLE just maybe they’ll see those people they thought they knew in a whole new way. We knew it would take two extraordinary actors to portray these larger-than-life people as the complex, three-dimensional individuals that they are. John Cameron Mitchell is one of the most gifted and thoughtful actors I have ever worked with. He cares so much about his job and his performance is breathtaking. And Kate McKinnon is simply remarkable. She is capable of making us crack up in laughter one moment and break our hearts the next. It was an absolute pleasure to watch these two exceptional actors transform into these roles.
The synopsis for the series reads: “Based on the podcast Wondery Joe Exotic, hosted and narrated by Robert Moor, the limited series will center on Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down her business, sparking a rapidly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as his hypocrisy. The results are dangerous.
Joe versus Carol stars John Cameron Mitchell, Kate McKinnon, Kyle MacLachlan, Brian Van Holt, Sam Keeley, Nat Wolf, Marlo Kelly, William Fichtner, Dean Winters and David Wenham. All eight episodes will be available to stream Thursday, March 3 on Peacock.