Al Pacino to star as Penn State's Joe Paterno in HBO biopic

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2017 12:08 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

(New York) -- Al Pacino will star as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming biopic directed by Barry Levinson.

HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky's November 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85.

A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.

The three men were sentenced to jail terms last Friday.

One of them, former university President Graham Spanier, plans to appeal his conviction.

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