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Netflix’s Tiger King in talks for movie with Orlando Bloom to play eccentric zoo keeper Joe Exotic

IF you want more Joe Exotic in your life, you’re in luck.

The documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness has become a global hit since it was released on Netflix last month.

And I can reveal producers at 20th Century Fox are in the early stages of planning a movie based on the shocking show, which centres on eccentric zookeeper Joe and his feuds with other big-cat park owners in the US.

And they believe they’ve found the purrfect man to play Joe — Orlando Bloom.

The Lord Of The Rings actor has been earmarked as their first choice for the lead role.

A movie insider said: “All filming is on lockdown at the moment but the studios are exploring projects they can get going on as soon as possible and they think Tiger King is the perfect story.

“The popularity of the series has been unprecedented and they think a film about it could be even more dramatic.

“The film could shed light on some details behind the scenes that were not shown in the Netflix series.”

The insider added: “Discussions about a movie have only just started but they believe the idea has legs, especially if they get a big star like Orlando on board. They think he could really bring Joe to life on screen.”

But Joe, who is serving a lengthy jail term, may not be so keen on the casting.

Tiger King directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaikin claim to have recently spoken to him in prison, where he said he thought Brad Pitt would be best suited to the role.

Last week his ex-husband John Finlay also had his say.

Asked who he would like to be portrayed by, John said: “Either Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum.”

The film wouldn’t be the first spin-off, as a TV series is already in development in the US focusing on Joe’s adversary, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, who will be played by Ghostbusters actress Kate McKinnon.

Whatever happens, given he’s serving 22 years in prison for crimes against wildlife and a murder-for-hire plot, I doubt Joe will make it to the premiere.


In-law pain for Zayn

SPENDING weeks on end locked inside with your future mother-in-law would be most men’s worst nightmare – but Zayn Malik only has himself to blame.

The ex-One Direction singer’s model girlfriend Gigi Hadid decided she would prefer to be at her mum Yolanda’s farm during the lockdown – and Zayn hopped on board to go with her.

He is now stuck at the property in upstate New York, where Gigi’s sister Bella is also isolating.

A source said: “The property is lovely and Zayn has known Gigi’s family for years.

“Thankfully there is plenty of space up there so they are able to go outside and keep their distance.”

He could have had some pop star company if things had gone to plan.

Gigi and Bella’s younger brother Anwar had intended to jet home from London with his girlfriend Dua Lipa.

But before they could arrange their flight the air travel ban was imposed.

Instead, Anwar and Dua are now holed up in an Airbnb in London for the duration of the lockdown.

To be fair, both options are rather quite appealing to me.


ALESHA Dixon has tipped her six-year-old daughter for a career in showbiz, although she’s unlikely to go into music like the Mis-Teeq star did.

She said on Radio 2: “Azura is more of an actress than a singer, she’s very dramatic.”

Kim's Pet project

KIM Petras has spent two years honing her sound and she is ready to come into her own this summer.

The German singer-songwriter is gearing up to release a single next month which is expected to be the first song from her next album.

Fans hope it will be Malibu, which she teased in an Instagram Live broadcast last week.

Kim also has a tune planned with her pal Paris Hilton.

She told the socialite: “I promised when we first met that we gotta do a song, but it’s got to be great!”

No nagging from Idris

IDRIS Elba was a trouper having to ride horses for upcoming movie Concrete Cowboys, despite being allergic to the animals.

The fim is inspired by the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, which is based at inner-city stables in north Philadelphia.

It sees Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin as a teenager from Detroit who goes to stay with his estranged dad, played by Idris, and learns about the cowboys.

Idris said: “The stables have been there for hundreds of years and have communities within them.

"I’m allergic to horses but I really enjoyed learning how to ride and understanding how the people lived.”

If Idris gets the Bond gig next, driving sports cars will be a lot easier.

Little bit of sun

LITTLE Mix ladies Jesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards both soaked up some rays today.

Showing off her pink bikini, Jesy gave fans a full-length look of her toned body.

Perrie took a similar pic in a black number.

Perrie later posted a carb feast, with crisps, bread and breadsticks among the delicious-looking buffet.

She washed it all down with a cocktail.

That’s a bit of me.

Jack goes back to his real love

LOVE Island’s Jack Fowler is trying his luck in the music biz.

In an exclusive interview, Jack revealed his debut track Back To Mine was written for rapper Drake.

But the song became Jack’s after it was picked up by his manager, ex-Blue star Simon Webbe.

Jack said: “Hundreds of writers put songs in a pot for Drake to select.

“Back To Mine didn’t make his final cut so Simon brought it to me.

“I look up to artists like Drake, Justin Bieber and even old-school artists like Justin Timberlake.”

His co-stars Eyal Booker, Wes Nelson, Samira Mighty and Zara McDermott flopped as a group on The X Factor: Celebrity – but Jack says he is here to stay.

He added: “No one from Love Island has stepped into music wholeheartedly.

“Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay released a track but it wasn’t what they really wanted.

“I’ve sung all my life and I just want to make music that people enjoy listening to.

“If I didn’t take this opportunity it would be because I was worried about what people thought of me.”


BRITNEY Spears looks blooming ace with a flower in her hair and after squeezing herself into a tiny crop top.

Blow to J-Lo

JENNIFER Lopez and her fiance Alex Rodriguez are having to change plans for their wedding because of the coronavirus crisis.

The nuptials were expected to take place this summer but they have had to have a rethink due to being on lockdown.

The On The Floor singer, who has been dating the former New York Yankees baseball player since February 2017, said: “It did affect it a little bit, so we will see what happens now.”


  • AWARD-winning film composer Hans Zimmer is divorcing his second wife Suzanne, mum to three of his kids. Hans, who wrote the scores for The Lion King, Pirates Of The Caribbean and 007’s No Time To Die, filed papers in LA.
  • Selena Gomez is releasing a deluxe edition of her album Rare tomorrow feat- uring three new tracks including one called Boyfriend. She said: “It’s a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love.”
  • Charli XCX is recruiting fans to help her create her next album How I’m Feeling Now, which is due out on May 15. She said: “I want to open up the process to all of my fans, to anybody who wants to watch. I’ll be sharing every step of the way.”
  • DJ and producer Flume, says Avicii’s sad death in 2018 was a wake-up call to him. The Aussie said: “People like Avicii are the same as me. He died because he was medicating himself just like I was, with alcohol, drugs, whatever.”
Tiger King’s Carole Baskin claims Joe Exotic ‘would have loved’ if his fans KILLED her

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