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Al Pacino Could Play Joe Paterno In Upcoming Biopic

Al Pacino, perhaps best known for portraying mobsters in films such as Scarface and in The Godfather trilogy, is reportedly set to portray Joe Paterno in his next project, as he is attached to a potential film to be produced around Joe Posnanski's biography Paterno, a New York Times bestseller.

The agency ICM Partners will take the package, according to the Deadline report. Pacino's manager, Rick Nicita, will produce the project.

The film is expected to cover the story of the rise and fall of Paterno's legacy at Penn State, as well as the controversy and scandal that continues following his retirement and death. The movie will also reportedly cover much of Paterno's own back story, and the strength Paterno had at Penn State as the football coach of the Nittany Lions.

The film is in the very early stages of development, without a script, director or studio attached.

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