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.