Orlando Bloom ‘in talks to play Joe Exotic’ in film based on Tiger King documentary

Orlando Bloom is reportedly in talks to play eccentric zoo keeper Joe Exotic in a movie about his life.

Joe, 57, rose to fame last month when his documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness was released on Netflix.

But after becoming a global hit, it is thought that a film based on the show is in the early stages of planning, and 43 year old Orlando is movie boss' favourite to play the main part.

A source close to the production company 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.

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"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.

"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," the insider continued to tell The Sun Online.

However, Joe himself has spoken out on who he would most like to play him in a movie about his life, telling directors of the Netflix show he thinks Brad Pitt "would be best suited" to the role.

Joe's ex-husband John Finlay has also spoken out on who he would like to portray him on the big screen, selecting "either Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum."

Reports of the flick come as the director of Joe's web series, Joe Exotic TV, is preparing to spill even more behind the secrets of the show.

Rick Kirkham was featured heavily in the seven-part show as the producer of Joe Exotic's bizarre reality TV show, and the last we saw of him was when he was forced to quit his job when his recordings and equipment was destroyed in what appeared to be an arson attack.

He was furious with the former zoo owner and now he's set to reveal the truth behind he scenes of his time with Joe Exotic at the GW Zoo as well as what happened to Travis Maldonado in a live Q&A hosted on Facebook.

He said: "I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences that weren’t included in the doc.

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"Joe's emotional side, his desperate need for attention and fame and how it feels to live with wild animals as I did for a year, plus the truth about Travis. There are some things fans of the show might not be expecting.

"Joe was terrified of big cats, and he had plans to release all the animals on the park if someone tried to shut his zoo down. He wanted as many people to be injured as possible if they tried to take his zoo away.

"There's so much more—Joe had an odd relationship and fascination with female porn stars. He acted as a doctor to those of us in the park, giving injections and medications (meant for animals) to us when we were sick. All that said, I lived with Joe and the animals for a year and anything and everything asked will be answered," he claims.

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