Award-winning actor Al Pacino is set to play former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an HBO film that will spotlight the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal and the fall of one of the most historic programs in college football history, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Sandusky was arrested in 2011 on 52 counts of child sexual assault that occurred over a 15-year period. Paterno was notified about a shower incident involving Sandusky and a 10-year-old boy in 2001 from then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, but Paterno contacted athletic director Tim Curley rather than police.
Paterno was widely criticized for not doing enough to stop the acts and was fired four days after the Sandusky investigation began.
The Penn State football program initially received a four-year postseason ban, vacated 111 wins under Paterno and lost 40 scholarships.
Paterno died months later after losing his battle to lung cancer. He led Penn State to two national championships and three Big Ten titles.
The film doesn’t have a title yet, but it was announced that Barry Levinson will be director and executive producer.