Tara Reid ‘in talks to play Carole Baskin in Tiger King live action movie’ – The Sun

AMERICAN Pie actress Tara Reid says she's in the running to play Carole Baskin in a live-action film based on Netflix's docu-series, Tiger King.

Tara, 44, claimed she's in talks with the film's producers to play the infamous animal rescuer.

“We are in talks with the producers and she is being considered, that is all I can say at the moment as casting is on hold,” Philippe Ashfield, Reid’s manager and business partner, told The Post.

“Tara loves ‘Tiger King’ and found the documentary extremely interesting. She feels she could get into the character of Carole Baskin very well … and she has a similar look to [Baskin],” Ashfield added.

Carole, 58, became a worldwide known figure after the documentary dropped on Netflix last month and made her the centre of conspiracy theories that she had something to do with her husband's disappearance.

The animal rescuer was also the target of violent threats from the Tiger King himself, Joe Exotic, who claimed Carole was the reason his business was failing.

Known for her catchphrase, "hello all you cool cats and kittens", Carole accused Joe of animal cruelty and sue the private zoo owner for threatening her.

Joe was sentenced to a 22-year jail sentence after being found guilty of paying a hitman to kill Carole and killing tigers to make room for more exotic cats in his animal park.

Tara rose to fame in the late 90s in films such as American Pie and later, Sharknado disappeared from the limelight after her career lagged.

But she was recently in the headlines after many confused her with Tara Reade, the woman who accused presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual misconduct.

There are a number of film and TV adaptations of Tiger King in the works, including an eight-part series starring Nicolas Cage.

The role will be Nicolas's first-ever TV performance after a decades-long career in film.

The series, created by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios, will focus on an eccentric zookeeper in Oklahoma called Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a Joe Exotic, "who fights to keep his park even at the risk of losing his sanity."

Variety reports the series will explore how Joe changed his name and "lost himself to a character of his own creation."

Tiger King dropped on Netflix in mid-March and was a shock hit.


The seven-part series charted the insane true crime story of Joe Exotic, a wildcat enthusiast who owned numerous tigers, lions and other large animals he kept at the Greater Wynnewood Zoo in Oklahoma, one of the biggest of its kind in the United States.

The directors of the Netflix docuseries also recently revealed that Joe is aware of the hype around the series, and would love for Brad Pitt to play him a fictionalized retelling.

In a phone interview with The Hollywood Reporter, directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode claimed that Joe has two actors in mind to play him if the docuseries is made into a movie or a TV show.

Rebecca said: "He would like Brad Pitt or David Spade to play him."

She furthered explained: "He doesn’t refer to David Spade as David Spade – he refers to him as Joe Dirt.'"

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