Of all the choices listed thus far, Will Ferrell might be the biggest wild card. He doesn't look the part and there's a chance that the comedy star might push it too far. But, much like Danny McBride, his history of playing prideful, goofy, and overly-confident men-children with little in the way of self-awareness makes him an enjoyable fit for Joe Exotic. Particularly when it comes to movies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Old School, Blades of Glory, and Zoolander, among many others, Ferrell likes to play outlandish personalities — often with strange, singular looks — who resort to acts of indecent behavior, aggressive yelling, and other forms of crude debauchery. It's easy to imagine Ferrell, dressed up in absurd attire with a wild animal, pointing at a camera and shouting something like, "I'm coming for you, Carole!" He'd definitely make the part his own.
Who Could Direct: Adam McKay