Nicolas Cage won’t star as Joe Exotic as Amazon ‘shelves’ Tiger King series

Nicolas Cage has admitted that he won’t be starring as Joe Exotic in an Amazon production of Tiger King as the company has “shelved” the project.

The star revealed that the company believed it has now been too long since the story of Joe Exotic and his influx of tigers broke on Netflix.

Nicolas, 57, told Variety that Amazon reportedly felt it was “no longer relevant”.

He said: “We should clear the record. 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.

“They felt at one point that it was lighting in the bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it’s no longer relevant.”

He is also set to play himself in a role in Tom Gormican’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which is the story of a cash-strapped actor who agrees to attend a superfan’s birthday for the CIA.

The star originally was unsure about taking the role. “It was absolutely terrifying,” he said.

“And I’m one of those folks that thinks that within reason if it’s something that terrifies you or you are afraid of, as long as it doesn’t hurt you or someone else, that’s the very thing you should reach out towards.”

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