Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Barry Levinson's HBO Film

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

HBO has unveiled a first look photo of the actor in character as the football coach for the cabler's upcoming project directed by Barry Levinson.

Variety reports the film centers on Paterno's reaction to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, which tainted his legacy after a career in which Paterno became the coach with the most wins in college football history.

Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy. Prosecutors chose not the seek criminal charges and it remains unclear what Paterno knew. Rounding out the cast are Heroes' Greg Grunberg (as son Scott Paterno), Friends From College's Annie Parisse (as daughter Mary Kay Paterno) and The Girlfriend Experience's Riley Keough. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation in June 2012. Pacino and Levinson worked together in "You Don't Know Jack" and "Phil Spector". The untitled movie was written by Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna.

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Paterno was dismissed of his coaching duties in 2012 and died two months later due to complications from lung cancer.

When it was announced that Pacino would be the leading role, many people wondered what he would like as Paterno.

Pacino has been keeping busy as he is set to star in three films in the next year including The Trap. The film marks the second time Pacino has played a football coach, following his turn as the fictional gridiron genius Tony D'Amato in Oliver Stone's hard-hitting sports drama Any Given Sunday.

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