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Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno In Upcoming HBO Original Movie

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The movie will reportedly delve into how the Jerry Sandusky scandal challenged Paterno's legacy and the Penn State football program.

The project reunites Pachino and Levinson, who collaborated on the Jack Kervorkian movie "You Don't Know Jack", "Phil Spector", and the 2014 film "The Humbling".

Pacino will play Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history who becomes embroiled in the sexual abuse scandal surrounding his longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Debora Cahn (Grey's Anatomy), John C. Richards (Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (E-Ring) are penning the script. Sony Pictures Television is producing.

Sandusky was allowed to continue using Penn State facilities uninhibited for years, taking advantage of his stature within the community to abuse young boys. However, it's not now known if Lynch is still attached to the project and Pacino is the only confirmed actor at this time.

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The Oscar winner's many other credits include The Godfather trilogy, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Scent of a Woman, among many others.

Paterno was the head coach of Penn State's football team from 1966 to 2011 and won two national championships. He died in January 2012 due to complications of lung cancer at age 85.

The 77-year-old Scarface and Godfather icon will play the role of Paterno during his time as coach of Penn State University, according to Variety. He starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack and Phil Spector in Phil Spector.

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