See Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

Posted July 18, 2017

With Al Pacino set to star as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie, the network released a first look photo to Variety of what the actor will look like in the role.

HBO has shared a first look photo for HBO Films' UNTITLED BARRY LEVINSON PROJECT, now in production.

The photo shows Pacino wearing Penn State gear and glasses looking just like the late Paterno. Pacino and Levinson worked together in "You Don't Know Jack" and "Phil Spector".

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

Paterno - who famously nearly/probably crapped himself during a televised football game in 2006 - was sacked in 2011, one month after Sandusky was arrested. Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) will play reporter Sara Ganim, who first brought this story to light for The Patriot News as a 23-year-old.

Barry Levinson will direct the movie that is sure to open fresh wounds in the College Station community and beyond, where Paterno supporters are still legion.

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The Oscar-winning Pacino has played a football coach before, in Oliver Stone's 1999 drama "Any Given Sunday", though that character was a fictional one.

Considering how long it's taken to develop this Paterno film, it would be natural to question how long it might take to finally get a finished product to the screen.

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