Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

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

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

HBO has revealed its first photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie about the fallen Penn State football coach. According to Variety, Barry Levinson's yet-to-be-titled HBO project will center on Paterno, one of the most famous coaches in college football's history.

Deadline Hollywood has the first look at Pacino as Paterno and it is eerie.

Paterno was dismissed by Penn State in 2011 in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse revelations.

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.

In addition to the Pacino photo, HBO released a few more casting details. Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

According to the entertainment publication, Levinson is attached to both direct and executive produce the film, which will also star Riley Keough as Sara Ganim.

Sandusky, who was Paterno's assistant coach between 1969 and 1999, was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse during his reign at the school.

Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is being featured in an HBO biopic on his life and the 77-year-old Pacino is playing the lead role.

Paterno died in early 2012 of complications from lung cancer just two months after he was sacked from his longtime coaching job. Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy.

It's no different with the late Nittany Lions coach.

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