First Look at the Joe Paterno Film Starring Al Pacino

Uncanny, ain't it? Actually, that's Paterno himself in the photo above - Pacino as Paterno is below, as HBO has released the first image from its upcoming movie, Happy Valley, centering on the former Penn State football coach.

The HBO movie, directed by Barry Levinson, focuses on Paterno's fall from grace, "challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims", according to a press release.

Paterno coached at Penn State for 46 seasons, becoming college football's winningest coach.

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

Barry Levinson will direct the movie.

Al Pacino will bring a one of college sports' fallen stars back to Earth.

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).

It has not yet been revealed who will play Sandusky in the HBO film.

There is now no release date set for the film. He died in 2012 at the age of 85 following complications from lung cancer.

No word yet on when we can see the film, but no doubt it will be an intriguing look into the life of Paterno during his career crisis.

Vanessa Coleman

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