Mark Ruffalo To Play Pianist Joe Albany

Mark Ruffalo is set to play legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany in the independent film “Low Down” reports Variety.

Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Amy Albany, a young girl who witnesses her charismatic but strung-out father Joe’s dealings with other eccentric characters in cocktail bars during the late 1960’s and early ’70s. He also struggled with heroin addiction late in his career.

Commercial director Jeff Preiss makes his feature debut on the project. Topper Lilien and the real Amy Albany co-wrote the script based on the latter’s memoir. Shooting kicks off at the end of the year.