Al Pacino latest Emmy bid comes in the form of the annual high profile HBO made for TV movie. This year, Pacino takes on the role of Joe Paterno in Paterno.
After a few disappointing years of made for TV movies, HBO seems on the up swing with its latest, Paterno. Oscar and Emmy-winner Al Pacino plays the controversial titular figure with Riley Keough and Kathy Baker providing support. The film premieres on HBO Saturday, April 7, at 8pm ET on HBO.
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 a Levinson/Fontana production of a Barry Levinson Film; executive produced by Barry Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane;
Amy Herman produces; produced in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Photos by Atsushi Nishijima courtesy of HBO.