Variety reports that Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right, upcoming The Avengers) will play legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany in the independent film Low Down.
Ruffalo is also executive producing the project, which centers on Albany’s relationship with his 11-year-old daughter, Amy. The movie will mark commercial director Jeff Preiss’ feature debut. Topper Lilien and Amy Albany wrote the script, based on the latter’s memoir.
According to the trade, “The Los Angeles-set story will be told from the child’s point of view as she watches her talented and charismatic but strung-out father interact with other eccentric characters in cocktail bars and transient hotels during the late 1960s and early ’70s.”
Albany struggled with heroin addiction late in his career.
Filming is scheduled to start at the end of the year.