Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

First Look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic

First Look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic

Al Pacino's first photo as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has just been released online. While the made-for-TV movie is still untitled, the cable network released the first photo of Pacino as the fired Penn State coach, and the Academy Award winning actor is a dead ringer for the disgraced college football icon who fell from grace in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Annie Parisse will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno's daughter.

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 was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation in June 2012.

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The script for the HBO and Sony Pictures Television collaboration will be penned by Debora Cahn (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing), John C. Richards (Sahara, Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (SWAT, American History X).

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See the video below for more on Al Pacino 's role as Joe Paterno.

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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Reteaming with his You Don't Know Jack director Barry Levinson for the Paterno film, Pacino is sure to give us a riveting look into the mind of the college football legend during the biggest crisis in his career before his death at age 85 in 2012.

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