Report: Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in new movie about Penn State scandal
One of Al Pacino’s defining roles was as a football coach in “Any Given Sunday.”
Now, the eight-time Academy Award nominee will reportedly have the chance to play another football coach. This time, it’ll be based on a true story.
According to Variety, Pacino will play Joe Paterno’s part in an upcoming HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
The official logline for the film reads: “After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.”
The movie will detail the fallout of the sex abuse scandal that sent shockwaves through college football in 2011. Paterno was eventually fired for not reporting the actions of the longtime Penn State assistant.
The film is currently untitled.
Reports of the upcoming Penn State film came three days after three ex-PSU administrators received jail sentences for their roles in the Sandusky scandal. All three were convicted of child endangerment after they didn’t contact authorities upon hearing of Sandusky’s actions from Paterno.
The timetable of the upcoming film is unknown.