John Carroll Lynch to Play Jerry Sandusky in “Happy Valley”

John Carroll Lynch, an actor with experience playing villains and good guys alike, will take on the role of Jerry Sandusky in Brian De Palma’s “Happy Valley,” according to a report today from The Wrap.

Lynch played Arthur Leigh Allen, the lead suspect in the Zodiac killings, in 2007’s “Zodiac.” He’s also filming “American Horror Story: Freak Show” right now, according to The Wrap. But he’s also played more jolly roles — he was the relaxed Norm Gunderson character in the Cohen Brother’s “Fargo.” You might also recognize Lynch as the wise-cracking barber from “Gran Torino,” the sarcastic cop in “Shutter Island,” or Steve from “The Drew Carey Show.” You can check out the entirety of the 51-year old’s filmography here.

Lynch is the second confirmed actor for “Happy Valley,” joining Al Pacino, who will play Joe Paterno. This is the second update we’ve gotten about the film recently — last week, Pacino said he sees the story as a “major fall of a person.” Prior to that, writer David McKenna said that the movie will focus on Paterno’s entire life, not only the scandal.

There’s still no planned release date for the film.

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