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Al Pacino Stars as Joe Paterno in HBO First Look Photo

17 July 2017, 01:26 | Myron Mathis

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

Al Pacino in new Paterno movie

"The film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims".

Riley Keough is playing former Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, who in 2011 was the first to report on a grand jury's investigation of Sandusky for allegations of child sexual abuse.

In 2013, Pacino teamed up with writer and director David Mamet in Phil Spector, the film in which he portrays the legendary and troubled record producer.

Levinson is directing and executive producing through his Levinson/Fontana banner, with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana also executive producing. 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 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.

In 2010, Pacino starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO- and Levinson-directed film You Don't Know Jack. The pair also collaborated on the 2014 film "The Humbling".

As of late, the official release date for Pacino's upcoming movie has not yet been announced by HBO. But there are speculations that it will air sometime next year.

Al Pacino will play the role of Joe Paterno in HBO's untitled film.



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