Sep 8, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT
Actor Al Pacino has played many memorable roles over the years from his Oscar-winning performance as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, Michael Corleone in the Godfather franchise, and most sports fans will remember him as Miami Sharks head football coach Tony D’Amato in the Oliver Stone classic football flick, Any Given Sunday.
Now, Pacino has been tabbed to play legendary head coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie based on the New York Times best-selling biography done by sports writer Joe Posnanski called, “Paterno”:
ICM Partners next week will be taking a package for a movie about former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, with Al Pacino attached to play the man called JoePa by most students at Happy Valley. Pacino’s manager, Rick Nicita, will produce.
The plot of the film will follow Paterno’s rise and fall at Penn State before his death following allegations that he knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse during his time as a defensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions.
There is no word yet if the movie will be a big-budget feature film or a made-for-television movie.
Al Pacino to be Joe Paterno in new movie [Deadline]
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