Mark Ruffalo to play pianist Joe Albany

Low Down, an indie biopic about the jazz pianist Joe Albany, will star Mark Ruffalo as the protagonist.

Ruffalo will start filming later this year after he has completed his turn as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Avengers. The film, to be directed by Jeff Preiss, was inspired by daughter Amy Albany’s memoir, who co-wrote the script with Topper Lilian.

As is usual in a great musician’s biopic, it will chart the lows and highs in Albany’s life, of which there were plenty. He played with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and is rumoured to have been Charles Parker’s favourite pianist, but struggled with a heroin addiction later in life, resurfacing in the 70s to leave us some recordings before he died in 1988.

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