Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Barry Levinson's HBO Film


After five years in development with the actor attached, HBO finally has Pacino taking the field as Paterno, the disgraced Penn State football coach who was forced to resign from the college's football dynasty's program in 2011 and died a year later. 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.

Films - which doesn't have a title at the moment - focuses on Paterno during the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

The HBO project is being executive produced by Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane, and procuded by Amy Herman.

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Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna are set to write the script.

This is not the "Heat" actor's first time teaming up with HBO.

The film, which does not yet have a title is being directed by Barry Levinson. In addition, he played the lead role in "Phil Spector". The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

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We now know what Al Pacino looks like 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). The pair also collaborated on the 2014 film "The Humbling".

Now in production, the movie, written by Debora Cahn (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing) and John C. Richards (Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (American History X, Blow), does not yet have a premiere date.

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