by: Sammy Mink
John Carroll Lynch has been cast as Jerry Sandusky in Brian De Palma’s upcoming Joe Paterno drama HAPPY VALLEY. The sports drama stars Al Pacino as Paterno, the Penn State head football coach who knew former defensive coordinator Sandusky was molesting children but said nothing about it. After an extensive investigation, Penn State fired Paterno who soon after died of cancer, while Sandusky was sent to prison. Dave McKenna penned the script, which is based on Joe Posnanski’s bestseller “Paterno.”
Lynch is no stranger to playing real life creepers after playing Arthur Leigh Allen in David Fincher’s “Zodiac.” A bit more recently, Lynch has had roles in “Shutter Island,” “Gran Torino,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He has also had guest arcs on FX’s period crime drama “The Americans” and the Showtime dramedy “House of Lies.” Lynch will next appear on another FX series, “American Horror Story,” as well as in crime drama “The White Orchid.”
Lynch is repped by Suskin Management.