Al Pacino Is Joe Paterno In New HBO Film From Barry Levinson

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

Paterno - who famously nearly/probably crapped himself during a televised football game in 2006 - was sacked in 2011, one month after Sandusky was arrested.

HBO on Saturday released a first-look photo of Al Pacino as the disgraced Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

In a release Sunday, the network posted a photo of Pacino wearing Paterno's iconic shirt and tie, Penn State gear and big glasses while sporting his gray hair.

Back in 2011, Paterno's assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.

Two months after he was sacked, Paterno died at the age of 85 following complications from lung cancer in January 2012. Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy.

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.

Levinson and Pacino previously collaborated on HBO's 2010 Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don't Know Jack and 2014's The Humbling.

There is now no release date set for the film. Some Penn State diehards still idolize the late coaching legend, so they will be watching closely to see how "JoePa's" legacy is portrayed by Pacino.

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