Fresh off some much-deserved awards buzz for his work in this year’s The Sessions, character actor John Hawkes is looking to tackle another real-life role. Variety reports that Hawkes is set to replace Mark Ruffalo as jazz pianist Joe Albany in the indie drama Low Down. Commercials director Jeff Priess is set to make his feature film debut on the project, which tells the story of Albany’s life from the perspective of his 11-year-old daughter, Amy. The musician found success early in his career playing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus, but later struggled with heroin addiction.
The film will apparently tell the story of Amy’s unconventional childhood “with a talented but strung-out father in the shadowy world of cocktail bars and transient hotels.” Ruffalo had been set to play Albany but was forced to drop out when the production was pushed and caused scheduling issues. Filming will begin in March 2013.