HBO Unveils First Look of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno


The first-look photo shows Pacino wearing glasses and sporting Penn State coaching jacket.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will dig deep into Penn State's darkest chapter and recount how the winningest coach in college football history took a fall after he was called out for failing Sandusky's young victims.

Pacino has been keeping busy as he is set to star in three films in the next year including The Trap. Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

He becomes involved in his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse scandal, which leads to his credibility and legacy being questioned and criticized.

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The film, which remains untitled, also starts Annie Parisse who will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno's daughter. Paterno was sacked by the school and his repuation was forever tarnished for his alleged involvement in brushing the abuse under the rug.

Paterno passed away shortly after the scandal broke in 2011. 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.

This is also the second time in Pacino's movie career that he will be playing a football coach. But his role as Paterno could top them all.

Of course, fans of Pacino by this point know that achieving the look is only the first part of the incredible transformation he makes in all his roles, so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexities the venerable actor brings to Paterno.