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Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in biopic on Penn State coach

January 17, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Al Pacino is set to play Joe Paterno in a new film.
Al Pacino is set to play Joe Paterno in a new film. (Victoria Will / Associated…)

Al Pacino will star as Joe Paterno in the movie "Happy Valley", a film about the life of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Brian De Palma will direct the film, which is expected to come out in 2014,

The movie will be based on the bestselling book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski.

“ 'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito’s Way' team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time and I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” producer Edward Pressman told, which first reported the story.

No word on who will play Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach who was at the center of Paterno's fall from grace.


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