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Al Pacino tapped to play Joe Paterno in new movie

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:11:51 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2013 02:38:31 PM EST

Pacino to play Paterno

Al Pacino has been tapped to play former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on the big screen.

Pacino is set to star in "Happy Valley," which chronicles the coach's career and alleged role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.    

Pacino is teaming up with his "Scarface" director Brian De Palma for the film.

It's based on the best-selling book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski.