First Look at Al Pacino as Disgraced Penn State Coach

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The world is getting its first look at Al Pacino as disgraced former football coach Joe Paterno. HBO, the popular cable network that is producing the yet-to-be-named biopic directed by Barry Levinson, released the image over the weekend, giving fans an idea of what they can expect from the Oscar winning actor.

The film will focus on Joe Paterno, who became embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, forcing Penn State and the nation to ask how many times he turned a blind eye to child abuse to become the winningest coach in college football history.

Riley Keough stars as Sara Ganim, the journalist who broke the story on the Sandusky scandal and Annie Parisse as Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno's daughter.


The Joe Paterno biopic was written by Debora Cahn, David McKenna and John C. Richards, and is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television.