Al Pacino will play the part of Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie about the legendary Penn State Coach’s life and downfall, according to Deadline New York, an entertainment website.
The film will be produced by ICM Partners, and is based on the biography “Paterno” by former Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski, the website reported.
According to Deadline New York:
ICM Partners next week will be taking a package for a movie about former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, with Al Pacino attached to play the man called JoePa by most students at Happy Valley. The package will be built around Joe Posnanski’s biography Paterno, which is now atop The New York Times Bestseller List in its second week. Pacino’s manager, Rick Nicita, will produce. …The book – and the movie – isn’t just about Paterno’s demise but rather his life before Penn State, his family and the iron grip he held over Penn State football and politics until his downfall.
It wouldn’t be Pacino’s first role as a football coach. He portrayed a fictional coach, Tony D’Amato, in Oliver Stone’s 1999 epic “Any Given Sunday.”
Pacino seems like a natural for the role. All he needs is a pair of Coke bottle glasses. Now, who will play Jerry Sandusky?