Mark Ruffalo set to produce and star in ‘Low Down,’ playing legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany.

Mark Ruffalo (‘The Kids Are All Right’) is set to play legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany in the indie pic ‘Low Down.’

According to Variety, the movie will explore Albany’s relationship with his 11-year-old daughter Amy, with the story being told from the child’s point of view as she watches her talented but strung-out dad interact with other eccentric characters during the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Albany found early success playing with jazz icons such as Miles Davis, Benny Carter and Charlie Parker but struggled with heroin addiction later in his career.

Jeff Preiss, a commericals director up to now, makes his feature directorial debut with ‘Low Down.’ The movie, based on Amy Albany‘s memoir ‘Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood,’ is due to start filming towards the end of the year as Ruffalo will be busy for the summer with ‘The Avengers.’