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Al Pacino to Portray Joe Paterno in Penn State Sex Scandal Film

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In Barry Levinson’s upcoming HBO film about the 2011 Penn State sex scandal, veteran actor Al Pacino will be portraying long-time football coach Joe Paterno.

The film, set to be directed and executive produced by Levinson, will focus on the sex scandal which ended in coach Jerry Sandusky being sent to jail for 30-60 years. The film will also focus on Paterno’s involvement in the scandal, in which he withheld information and swayed officials into not pursuing legal action against Sandusky. Paterno died in January 2012, just two months after he was fired from Penn State over the scandal.

Levinson, most notably known for his films Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man, most recently worked with Pacino on The Humbling, a feature film, and You Don’t Know Jack, an HBO film. In the latter film, Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for portraying Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

The film is set to written by Debora Cahn (Grey’s Anatomy), John C. Richards (Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (American History X). I don’t think I need to tell you about Al Pacino’s body of work (Hoo-ah!).

The project remains untitled, and no release date has been set yet. Stay tuned for information regarding the film.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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