Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in New Biopic?
Al Pacino is reportedly playing Joe Paterno in a new movie, according to Deadline New York.
Paterno was a beloved and celebrated coach at Penn State whose life became a whirlwind of allegations and scandal when he was charged with concealing information related to Penn State’s assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who came under fire in 2011 for molesting multiple children. He died earlier this year from lung cancer complications. Although he died with a bad rap, he was still adored by those who believed he should not have been blamed for Sandusky’s actions.
Since this movie is just in the beginning phases, no one knows how the biopic will play out. The movie will be based off of Joe Posnanski’s New York Times Bestseller biography Paterno. However it’s still unclear on whether it will be about a man’s rise to the top and steady fall from grace, or focus mainly on the last moments of his life when he began to lose credibility.
People are wondering will there be a huge focus on Sandusky who is currently awaiting sentencing after he was found guilty of 45 sexual abuse charges. Since Sandusky worked under Paterno, leaving him out of the film would be a little weird.
Pacino has played a coach before in Any Given Sunday, but does he have what it takes to play one who led such a scandalous life? Of course he does, he’s Pacino.