Mark Ruffalo is to play the jazz musician Joe Albany, who became one of the few white pianists to play with Charlie Parker and later battled heroin addiction, reports Variety.
Going under the name Low Down, the film will be based on a memoir written by Albany’s daughter, Amy, titled Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood. Events will be seen from her perspective as a young girl witnessing her father’s often strung-out behaviour in the cocktail bars and transient hotels of late 1960s, early 1970s LA as he interacts with other musicians and eccentrics. Albany, who also played with Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, died in New York in 1988, aged 63.
First-time feature film director Jeff Preiss will take the reins on Low Down, based on a script by Amy Albany and Topper Lilien. The biopic will be an independent production from Preiss’s own Epoch Films. Ruffalo, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Kids Are All Right earlier this year, will also take a producer’s credit. He is next due to play The Hulk/Bruce Banner in the ensemble superhero movie The Avengers, for Marvel studios. (Source)