HBO Shares First Look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

HBO Shares First Look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

No word yet on when we can see the film, but no doubt it will be an intriguing look into the life of Paterno during his career crisis.

In a release Sunday, the network posted a photo of Pacino wearing Paterno's iconic shirt and tie, Penn State gear and big glasses while sporting his gray hair.

The film has not been titled but will be directed by Barry Levinson for HBO. Paterno was sacked by the school and his repuation was forever tarnished for his alleged involvement in brushing the abuse under the rug. A number of personnel at Penn State were caught up in the cover-up of Sandusky's behavior; most were fired and some were even indicted. Pacino and Levinson worked together in "You Don't Know Jack" and "Phil Spector".

Al Pacino walks around the set of his upcoming movie Happy Valley on Monday morning (July 17) in New York City.

Of course, fans of Pacino by this point know that achieving the look is only the first part of the awesome transformation he makes in all his roles, so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexities the venerable actor brings to Paterno. It was soon determined by Penn State authorities that Paterno was made aware of Sandusky's crimes as far back as the 1990s - and possibly even the 1970s - and did nothing about them.

Levinson's film will also star Riley Keough (It Comes at Night, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Pulitzer Prize-winner Sara Ganim, the reporter who broke the Sandusky story, and Annie Parisse (Vinyl, Friends from College) as Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay.

It has not yet been revealed who will play Sandusky in the HBO film. Paterno's family denies the allegations.

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