Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in Brian De Palma's 'Happy Valley'

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Legendary actor Al Pacino will play the late, disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie.

According to the AP, the film will be titled Happy Valley and will reunite Pacino with director Brian De Palma, who directed the actor in Scarface (1983) and Carlito’s Way (1993).

UPI reported that Pacino is currently on Broadway, starring in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross. The 1992 film version of the play brought him one of his eight Academy Award nominations. He would finally win Oscar gold that same year for his performance in Scent of a Woman.

Producer Edward R. Pressman has given little detail of the plot of the movie, and start and release dates have yet to be announced.

The film, based on the Joe Posnanski book Paterno, focuses on the coach’s final years, which saw him go from the coach with the most wins in the history of college football to a disgraceful end in 2011 when the sex abuse scandal involving his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky broke out.

Paterno died in Jan. 2012 at age 85 of cancer, just a few months after he was terminated from his position due to his failure to notify authorities of his knowledge of Sandusky sexually abusing boys.

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