On Friday, HBO dropped the trailer for their 2018 film Paterno,which is based upon, you guessed it, disgraced ex-Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. As was announced more than five years ago, the film will star Al Pacino who, in addition to his utterly massive big screen resume, got a nomination for Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie thanks to his role as Phil Spector in the appropriately titled HBO movie Phil Spector. Pacino also received a nomination for playing Jack Kevorkian in You Don’t Know Jack.
Starring Al Pacino in the title role, the drama centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims.
Barry Levinson directs from a script by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards. The film also stars Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell.
Paterno is set to air April 7. Watch the trailer up top.