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Al Pacino to star as Joe Paterno in HBO movie

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Pacino will play Paterno in new film (1:00)

Booger McFarland and Trey Wingo are curious how Joe Paterno's legacy will be portrayed after hearing that Al Pacino will play the Penn State coach in an upcoming HBO film. (1:00)

Al Pacino will star as former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose story is being made into a movie for HBO.

Barry Levinson will be the executive producer and director for a movie about Penn State's legendary football coach, who fell from grace during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

The film does not yet have a title.

Pacino has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and won best actor in 1993 for "Scent of a Woman." He won an Emmy Award in 2010 for "You Don't Know Jack," also an HBO project.

Levinson won the Academy Award as best director in 1989 for "Rain Man."

Paterno was the head coach at Penn State from 1966 to 2011, during which time he became the winningest coach in college football history. He was fired in 2011 in the fallout over the scandal involving longtime assistant Sandusky, who was arrested that year and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.

In 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for abusing 10 boys. Sandusky is appealing the case.

The scandal led to Paterno's firing in November 2011, and he died of cancer two months later at the age of 85.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.