Pacino seems to have an affinity for playing the lead in HBO biopics.
There is now no release date set for the film. Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Other cast members include Kathy Baker as Paterno's wife, Sue; Greg Grunberg as Scott Paterno, one of Joe and Sue Paterno's three sons; and Annie Parisse as Mary Kay Paterno, one of their two daughters.
Films - which doesn't have a title at the moment - focuses on Paterno during the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. It appears that the film clearly won't concentrate on Paterno's coaching career, but more about the fallout resulting from the revelations of sexual abuse of young boys by Sandusky, his longtime defensive coordinator. Paterno died in January 2012 and, several months later, Sandusky was found guilty.
The once college football powerhouse Penn State also received a harsh punishment as the NCAA sanctioned the university with: a $60 million fine, ban from bowl games and post-season play for four years, reduction of scholarships from 25 to 15, vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011, and a five-year probation period. In a side-by-side comparison photo by Deadline, there's no doubt a resemblance between Pacino and the late Paterno, although Pacino clearly has a thinner face than his square-jawed real-life subject. Pacino also appeared in "Angels in America".
When it was announced that Pacino would be the leading role, many people wondered what he would like as Paterno.