From Al Pa to Jo Pa.
With Al Pacino set to star as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie, the network released a first look photo to Variety of what the actor will look like in the role.
The photo shows Pacino wearing Penn State gear and glasses looking just like the late Paterno.
The HBO film, which does not yet have a name or release date, will be about Paterno getting caught up in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal after becoming the winningest coach in the history of college football. Barry Levinson will direct the movie.
Paterno became Penn State’s football coach in 1966 and coached until he was fired in 2011 after the revelations that Sandusky, longtime defensive coordinator, was arrested on 52 counts of child sexual abuse that occurred between 1994 and 2009.
Two months after he was fired, Paterno died at the age of 85 following complications from lung cancer in January 2012.
In his 46 years of coaching, Paterno had a record of 409-136 and won two National Championships with the Nittany Lions.
The Paterno movie will be the second time Pacino has portrayed a football coach. He played Tony D’Amato in 1999’s “Any Given Sunday.”
Pacino has starred in other HBO films like the Jack Kevorkian biopic, “You Don’t Know Jack,” and “Phil Spector.”
It has not yet been revealed who will play Sandusky in the HBO film.