Al Pacino Is Joe Paterno In New HBO Film From Barry Levinson

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Back in 2011, Paterno's assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys. Joe Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay Paterno, will be played by Annie Parisse.

Screenwriter David McKenna, who was working on the project in 2012 and who has penned films including "American History X", is one of three reported screenwriters on the new project, along with Debora Cahn ("Grey's Anatomy", "The West Wing") and John C. Richards ("Sahara, Nurse Betty").

Meanwhile, Levinson will serve as both director and executive producer of the upcoming project. The first-look photo shows Pacino wearing glasses and sporting Penn State coaching jacket. At the time, Brian De Palma was supposed to direct the film based on Joe Posananki's book, "Paterno". The actor was previously tied to the cable network for the biopic, "You Don't Know Jack". The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

The Paterno project is Pacino's fourth HBO project, after "Angels in America" (2003), "You Don't Know Jack" (2010) and "Phil Spector" (2013). The pair also collaborated on the 2014 film "The Humbling".

Pacino's other film credits include "The Godfather", "Serpico", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Scent of a Woman", "Scarfare" and more.

Academy Award victor Al Pacino is about to tackle one of his most controversial roles yet, portraying late college football legend Joe Paterno.

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