First Look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic


The film also stars Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the young journalist who first reported on the sex scandal, and who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her work. Sandusky is seen above entering a Pennsylvania courthouse on August 12, 2016.

Al Pacino is an absolute legend in Hollywood with a number of classic roles in his storied acting career, and now he plans on adding to it as he gets set to play one of the most recognized college football coaches in history. The film was written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards and David McKenna.

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

Ultimately in 2012, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 charges of sexual abuse and sentenced to 60 years in prison. The first-look photo shows Pacino wearing glasses and sporting Penn State coaching jacket. Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy.

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Less than a year after he was dismissed from Penn State, Paterno died from lung cancer. In 1999, Pacino starred in the Oliver Stone hit Any Given Sunday, in which he played Tony D'Amato, the gruff coach of a fictitious football team.

The film, which does not yet have a title is being directed by Barry Levinson.

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.