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Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in 'Happy Valley'

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It looks like Al Pacino will be dusting off his Any Given Sunday football coach routine, playing the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a biopic that will examine JoePa's final years getting busted for not cleaning house in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. That would explain the choice of such an intense lead actor.

Happy Valley will be directed by Brian De Palma and based on Joe Posnanski's book Paterno, the AP reports. The plot is "under wraps," but Paterno's retirement in disgrace in 2011 will be a big deal; It makes you wonder if they'll follow the story all the way to Joe's death.

"Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlito's Way team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time and I can't think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw," producer Edward R. Pressman said in a statement. This time Pacino won't have Jamie Foxx to prop him up as the impetuous young quarterback, though.

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