Al Pacino As Joe Paterno For HBO Film

Al Pacino As Joe Paterno For HBO Film

HBO on Sunday released the first photo from its as-yet-untitled Barry Levinson film, which chronicles the downfall of Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the synopsis for the film reveals that the story will follow he longtime Nittany Lions coach as he "becomes embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victim".

There is no release date for the movie. Joe Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay Paterno, will be played by Annie Parisse.

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

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Al Pacino is no stranger to controversial roles.

We haven't heard much about the film since it was initially announced, but now we have a first-look at Pacino portraying Paterno for the upcoming film. Paterno died in January 2012 and, several months later, Sandusky was found guilty.

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

Paterno was sacked in November 2011 following revelations that Sandusky, his longtime assistant, sexual abused multiple young boys, some on campus. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation in June 2012.

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