Al Pacino as Coach Joe Paterno: First Peek

This is also the second time in Pacino's movie career that he will be playing a football coach. In 1999 Pacino starred in the Oliver Stone hit Any Given Sunday in which he played Tony D'Amato the gruff coach of a fictitious football team. Cameron Diaz

Variety reports the film centers on Paterno's reaction to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, which tainted his legacy after a career in which Paterno became the coach with the most wins in college football history.

The film, which does not yet have a title is being directed by Barry Levinson. Rounding out the cast are Heroes' Greg Grunberg (as son Scott Paterno), Friends From College's Annie Parisse (as daughter Mary Kay Paterno) and The Girlfriend Experience's Riley Keough.

Levinson is directing and executive producing through his Levinson/Fontana banner, with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana also executive producing.

The script for the HBO and Sony Pictures Television collaboration will be penned by Debora Cahn (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing), John C. Richards (Sahara, Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (SWAT, American History X).

This is not the "Heat" actor's first time teaming up with HBO. The actor was previously tied to the cable network for the biopic, "You Don't Know Jack".

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As of late, the official release date for Pacino's upcoming movie has not yet been announced by HBO. The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

Like he did for You Don't Know Jack and Phil Spector, Pacino seems to have literally transformed himself into the guise of the real-life Paterno, whose looks were accented by trademark thick, black-framed glasses.

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

Al Pacino will play the role of Joe Paterno in HBO's untitled film.

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