HBO gives first look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in upcoming film


HBO has a released a first look at Oscar winner Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the network’s upcoming film about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Revealed over the weekend, a photo shows Pacino in a blue shirt and tie, a Penn State jacket, and thick-framed glasses similar to those worn by the late football coach. Pacino has been officially attached to the project as Paterno since June.

HBO has released a photo, above, of actor Al Pacino portraying former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Pacino is playing Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The film, directed by Barry Levinson, centers around Paterno’s embroilment in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State — an event that “[challenges] his legacy and [forces] him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims,” according to a release.

Prior to his death in 2012, Paterno was the winningest coach in the history of college football. Penn State fired Paterno in connection with the scandal two months prior to his death, and Paterno’s assistant coach, Sandusky, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the sexual abuse of young boys.

No release date has yet been announced for the as-yet-untitled HBO project. The film is currently in production.