Kyle MacLachlan is heading back to the small screen! The Twin Peaks star is set to star in the based-on-a-true-story limited series that’s perhaps even weirder than Twin Peaks. The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed that MacLachlan will play Howard Baskin, the husband of big cat rescue sanctuary owner Carole Baskin in Peacock’s Joe Exotic series.
Note that this character is not Don Lewis (Baskin’s second husband who infamously vanished 1997 and was eventually declared dead in 2002), but rather Baskin’s third spouse whom she married in 2004 and is still among the living.
Based on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic, the limited series
will center on Baskin (Kate McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel (John Cameron Mitchell) is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating and dangerous rivalry.
Joe Exotic (a working title) will stream on Peacock on an as-yet-unannounced date. The cast includes William Fichtner as Rick Kirkham (Joe’s reality show producer), Joel Marsh Garland as James Garretson, (a friend of Joe’s), Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe (Joe’s partner turned enemy) and Lex Mayson Saff (Joe’s employee).