HBO has released its first trailer for the upcoming film, Paterno.
Starring Al Pacino as longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the film will focus on Paterno’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. Here’s the trailer, which shows multiple scenes from the film in short clips as it leads up to a questioning of Paterno:
HBO releases first trailer for Paterno
HBO released still images and gave some additional details about the film last week. There is not yet a release date for the film, but the network said it would come out in Spring 2018.
Paterno was fired by Penn State in November 2011, shortly after a grand jury report was released detailing some of Sandusky’s abuse. Paterno died in January 2012 of lung cancer.
“I think the film has to deal with the complexity of it all, rather than say he did this or he didn’t do that. … The questioning of it is part of the fabric of the piece,” the film’s director, Barry Levinson, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It truly is a tragedy.”