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

See first look at Al Pacino as Penn State coach Joe Paterno in HBO film

See first look at Al Pacino as Penn State coach Joe Paterno in HBO film

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.

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).

See first look at Al Pacino as Penn State coach Joe Paterno in HBO film

Of course, fans of Pacino by this point know that achieving the look is only the first part of the unbelievable transformation he makes in all his roles, so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexities the venerable actor brings to Paterno. Joe Paterno died in 2012 at age 85 after a battle with lung cancer, just two months after he was sacked from his decades-long coaching job.

The once college football powerhouse Penn State also received a harsh punishment as the NCAA sanctioned the university with: a $60 million fine, ban from bowl games and post-season play for four years, reduction of scholarships from 25 to 15, vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011, and a five-year probation period.

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There is no release date for the movie. The film marks the second time Pacino has played a football coach, following his turn as the fictional gridiron genius Tony D'Amato in Oliver Stone's hard-hitting sports drama Any Given Sunday. The controversial role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian won Pacino an Emmy and a Golden Globe award. The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

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

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