After getting within spitting distance of an Academy Award for his turn in The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo has decided to pull out the big guns to ensure he is not denied again: He's playing a jazz musician in a biopic.

Low Down will feature Ruffalo as jazz pianist Joe Albany, a strung-out musician in Los Angeles during the 60's and 70's. The story will be told from the point of view of his 11 year-old daughter, who will watch him achieve legend status playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, only to see him struggle with heroin addiction in later years.

Filming is expected to start at year's end with Ruffalo himself as a producer. The film will be helmed by Jeff Preiss, who has only worked in commercials until now.

C'mon, Mark. If you really wanna seal that Oscar deal, you need Arnofsky or higher in that director's chair. Oh well. It still sounds pretty great. (Variety)