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First Look at Al Pacino as Penn State Legend Joe Paterno

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    First Look at Al Pacino as Penn State Legend Joe Paterno
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    HBO released their first look of Al Pacino (left) as Joe Paterno (right) in a new Barry Levinson biopic on July 16, 2017.

    We are getting our first look at Al Pacino as late Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

    The actor will portray "Joe Pa" in an upcoming HBO biopic directed by Barry Levinson.

    HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky's Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85.

    Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He maintains his innocence and is appealing, while serving 30 to 60 years in state prison.

    Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Upcoming Movie

    [PHI] Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Upcoming Movie

    We are getting a first look at Al Pacino in his role as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The Oscar-winning actor will star in an upcoming HBO film that will focus on how Paterno dealt with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

    (Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017)

    Three other former high-ranking Penn State administrators are also serving time for how they responded to a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy.

    The HBO biopic has not yet been named.