HBO has released the first full trailer for its upcoming movie Paterno. The network also announced Friday that the movie will come out on April 7.
HBO had previously released photos and a short clip from the movie, but the official trailer shows two minutes of various scenes in the film. Al Pacino stars as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a film that will focus on Paterno’s handling of child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
HBO releases official Paterno trailer
Paterno was fired by Penn State in November 2011, shortly after a grand jury report outlining multiple accusations against Sandusky — a longtime Penn State assistant coach under Paterno — was released. Paterno died of lung cancer in January 2012.
Pacino spoke about what he learned about Paterno while preparing for the role earlier this year.
“He knew there were rumors. … I don’t think he was very fond of Sandusky, for whatever reasons — I think there were other reasons,” Pacino told IndieWire. “…He did act upon it. He did say he thought someone should look into this. [But] a guy like Paterno — he’s like an emperor, he’s like a king. He didn’t take up with it because it was out of his control. And I think this is a character who’s used to control.”