Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

HBO Unveils First Look of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

HBO Unveils First Look of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

While the made-for-TV movie is still untitled, the cable network released the first photo of Pacino as the fired Penn State coach, and the Academy Award winning actor is a dead ringer for the disgraced college football icon who fell from grace in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Riley Keough is playing former Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, who in 2011 was the first to report on a grand jury's investigation of Sandusky for allegations of child sexual abuse. Multi-time Oscar victor Barry Levinson is directing the project.

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

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

The abuse allegedly took place over a 15 year period from 1994 to 2009.

Paterno died two months after the scandal broke, following his termination by Penn State.

There is now no release date set for the film. That may apply to Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Graham Spanier, who were sentenced to prison in connection with the Sandusky scandal, as well. The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

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

In 2010, Pacino starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO- and Levinson-directed film You Don't Know Jack.

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