Al Pacino To Star As Joe Paterno In New HBO Film

David Hookstead | Contributor

Famed actor Al Pacino will star as legendary coach Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO film.

The plot of the untitled film, according to the Variety report, is, “After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.”

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team’s football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno’s weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Paterno was one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football before his shocking fall from grace following allegations his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested young boys.

Sandusky was convicted and is currently serving up to 60 years in prison. Paterno died in January 2012, shortly after the football program collapsed due to the horrifying scandal.

One Penn State fan refused to provide comment when asked about old wounds being opened for the school.

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