Here's The First Look At Al Pacino Playing Joe Paterno

Virginia Carter
July 17, 2017

The project - directed by Levinson (The Wizard of Lies) - will delve into how the darkest chapter in Penn State history challenged Paterno's legacy as the winningest coach in college football history, forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Paterno passed away shortly after the scandal broke in 2011. Annie Parisse will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno's daughter.

The film also stars Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the scandal, bringing it to the attention of the national media - and ultimately winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 on 48 counts related to child sexual abuse.

The script for the HBO and Sony Pictures Television collaboration will be penned by Debora Cahn (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing), John C. Richards (Sahara, Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (SWAT, American History X).

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As of late, the official release date for Pacino's upcoming movie has not yet been announced by HBO.

Paterno died in early 2012 of complications from lung cancer.

The Paterno project is Pacino's fourth HBO project, after "Angels in America" (2003), "You Don't Know Jack" (2010) and "Phil Spector" (2013). 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.

See the video below for more on Al Pacino 's role as Joe Paterno.

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