Al Pacino Is Joe Paterno In New HBO Film From Barry Levinson

HBOPacino as Paterno

HBOPacino as Paterno

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".

The 77-year-old actor will be one of the main stars of the upcoming HBO movie centered around Penn State University's sex scandal. Rounding out the cast are Heroes' Greg Grunberg (as son Scott Paterno), Friends From College's Annie Parisse (as daughter Mary Kay Paterno) and The Girlfriend Experience's Riley Keough. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 on 48 counts related to child sexual abuse. The film was written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards and David McKenna.

In early June, it was reported that HBO had given the green-light to a new, as yet untitled film starring Pacino as Paterno, with Barry Levinson attached to direct.

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

Pacino's HBO film was first announced in 2013.

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The actor who shot to fame thanks to his breakthrough role as Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy seems to have an affinity for playing the lead in HBO biopics. Pacino also appeared in "Angels in America". Levinson directed and executive produced "You Don't Know Jack", as well as executive produced "Phil Spector".