Hawkes has signed on to star in Low Down, playing legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany. Mark Ruffalo was originally attached to the part in March of 2011; but when the production schedule shifted, he was forced to bow out. Based on the memoir penned by Albany's daughter Amy 'A.J.' Albany, the film will be set in the Los Angeles jazz scene of the late '60s/early '70s and will portray the father-daughter relationship between the famous but troubled musician and his adoring 11-year-old child.
Jeff Preiss, a commercials director, will be making his directorial debut on the film, which is written by Topper Lilien and Amy Albany-- yes, the daughter who is a major figure in the film, and who also wrote the memoir on which the film is based. Given that Ruffalo has two iconic roles playing carefree men