Here's The First Look At Al Pacino Playing Joe Paterno

Al Pacino as Coach Joe Paterno First Peek

Al Pacino's first photo as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has just been released online.

Pacino will play Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history who becomes tangled in a sexual abuse scandal involving his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

In early June, it was reported that HBO had given the green-light to a new, as yet untitled film starring Pacino as Paterno, with Barry Levinson attached to direct.

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Barry Levinson has signed on as executive producer and director of the film, which will chronicle the scandal that tarnished Paterno's legacy, almost destroyed the Penn State football program, resulted in jail time for several university administrators and shattered dozens of lives. Levinson previously directed Pacino in You Don't Know Jack (2010) for HBO. The first-look photo shows Pacino wearing glasses and sporting Penn State coaching jacket. (Or at the very least, get people thinking about what Pacino looks like as Paterno with make-up and so forth.) Filming is reportedly taking place through September.

The Oscar-winning Pacino has played a football coach before, in Oliver Stone's 1999 drama "Any Given Sunday", though that character was a fictional one. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 on 48 counts related to child sexual abuse.

The film marks Pacino's latest in a string of HBO efforts, along with the Jack Kevorkian biopic "You Don't Know Jack", "Phil Spector", which followed the murder trial of the music business legend, and the mini-series "Angels in America".

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