Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in Upcoming Movie

Based on the history of Hollywood, we all knew the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State/Joe Paterno movie was coming. Well, it’s here.

Multiple sources are confirming that none other than Scarface himself, Al Pacino, is slated to play the late Joe Paterno in a movie based on the recent book “Paterno” written by Joe Posnanski. Posnanski, who spent a year working on the book, was researching in State College when the Sandusky news broke back in November. The book focuses on Joe Paterno as a person and as a coach. It covered much of his career and life.

It’s unclear how much of a role Jerry Sandusky, who is currently awaiting sentencing for child molestation, will play in the movie. Sandusky was certainly a prominent figure in the book and life of Joe Paterno, but his role grew significantly over the last year.

While it’s hard to know exactly how Joe Paterno will be portrayed in the movie, I think it’s good news that Al Pacino will be playing him. If this movie was going to happen, and make no mistake, this was inevitable, I suppose Penn State fans can find solace in the fact that one of the best actors in history will be taking on the task.

Personally, I watch pretty much every Pacino movie that comes out, so at least I won’t have to go out of my way to see this one. I’m interested to see who plays Sue Paterno, as well as Jay and some of the other coaches.

Buckle up, this thing still isn’t going away.

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