Finley recently opened up to People magazine about possible casting for an on-screen retelling of his life story, revealing that he has a few Hollywood heavyweights in mind.
The first actor that Finley mentioned was "21 Jump Street" star Channing Tatum.
“He’s always had a special place in my heart. He did a shout-out to my distant cousin; she died of stage-four brain cancer," Finlay explained. "When he did his shout-out, he did it because it was on her bucket list.”
Finlay said Tatum, 39, sent his cousin a personalized video, offering her a digital smooch before she died at the age of 18.
“He has a special place in my heart because of that,” added Finlay. “But he’s [also] a really good actor, and a lot of people are putting names out there with him in it.”
Finlay has a backup plan as well if things don't work with Tatum: Shia LaBeouf.
“He would probably be a good choice because with a beard he can look like me, and he can relate to me,” said Finlay.
"Tiger King" chronicles the rivalry between Maldonado-Passage and fellow big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin.
A miniseries adaptation of the story has been ordered with "Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon attached to play Baskin.
Maldonado-Passage has revealed that he wants Brad Pitt or David Spade to portray him, while Robert Moor, host of the "Joe Exotic: Tiger King" podcast has said that Sam Rockwell's name has been thrown in the ring for the role, while Moore would like to see Margot Robbie star in the series.