Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

We've known for quite some time that Al Pacino was going to portray legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a HBO biopic.

There is no release date for the movie.

Barry Levinson has signed on as executive producer and director of the film, which will chronicle the scandal that tarnished Paterno's legacy, almost destroyed the Penn State football program, resulted in jail time for several university administrators and shattered dozens of lives.

Deadline Hollywood has the first look at Pacino as Paterno and it is eerie.

Riley Keough is playing former Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, who in 2011 was the first to report on a grand jury's investigation of Sandusky for allegations of child sexual abuse.

See first look at Al Pacino as Penn State coach Joe Paterno in HBO film
HBO Unveils First Look At Al Pacino As Joe Paterno In Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal Movie [PHOTO]

Less than a year after he was dismissed from Penn State, Paterno died from lung cancer.

When it was announced that Pacino would be the leading role, many people wondered what he would like as Paterno. In 2010, Pacino starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian (left) in You Don't Know Jack.

Sandusky, who was Paterno's assistant coach between 1969 and 1999, was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse during his reign at the school.

Al Pacino is no stranger to controversial roles.

Here's a look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled film (IMDB lists it as "Happy Valley"), directed by Barry Levinson. Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy. Some Penn State diehards still idolize the late coaching legend, so they will be watching closely to see how "JoePa's" legacy is portrayed by Pacino.

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