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Al Pacino Set to Play Disgraced Penn State Coach in New Joe Paterno Biopic

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In Hollywood, there's no such thing as "too soon." Every momentous news event is fodder for screenplays, and the turnaround time from real-life to big screen adaptation is becoming shorter and shorter. Which is why news of a movie surrounding the life of Joe Paterno shouldn't come as a shock (even though many of the Penn State faithful in "Happy Valley" are up in arms about the project.

The Paterno biopic has tentatively signed Hollywood legend Al Pacino to play the late football coach whose legacy was tarnished by the Jerry Sandusky sex crime scandal. The film's arc will be based on Joe Posnanski's recent biography Paterno and will follow the story we've all become familiar with: The winningest coach in college football history becomes a god amongst men in a small college town, but idyllic life becomes a nightmare when his former defensive coordinator is revealed to be a pedophile. The scandal is then covered up by Penn State higher-ups, including Paterno, who leaves the school in disgrace and passes away shortly thereafter.

Pacino is no stranger to taking on taking on controversial figures. After playing Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film You Don't Know Jack, Pacino moved on to play Phil Spector in another TV movie, and will star as a Aniello Dellacroce in a 2013 John Gotti picture.
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