The 49-year-old's character is a mentally challenged man, who struggles to raise his five-year-old daughter in New York, reports contactmusic.com.
"This is a performance-driven movie, and therefore I couldn't ask for a better actor than Russell to deliver this intensely emotional drama," said director Gabriele Muccino.
"It's edgy, heart-wrenching, and uplifting at the same time. To me, it feels like a classic American movie that recalls the great character dramas of the 1970s," he added.
The role of the daughter has not yet been cast.
--IANS (Posted on 16-10-2013)