Al Pacino as Coach Joe Paterno: First Peek

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

The film will be directed by Barry Levinson and will focus on the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Prosecutors chose not the seek criminal charges and it remains unclear what Paterno knew. Joe Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay Paterno, will be played by Annie Parisse.

Back in 2011, Paterno's assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.

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. The film was written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards and David McKenna, and is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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

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Of course, fans of Pacino by this point know that achieving the look is only the first part of the awesome transformation he makes in all his roles, so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexities the venerable actor brings to Paterno.

Like he did for You Don't Know Jack and Phil Spector, Pacino seems to have literally transformed himself into the guise of the real-life Paterno, whose looks were accented by trademark thick, black-framed glasses.

Pacino seems to have an affinity for playing the lead in HBO biopics.

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

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