Casting: Janssen, Offerman, Bateman, Barron

Jack Of The Red Hearts
Famke Janssen (“X-Men”) and AnnaSophia Robb (“The Carrie Diaries”) have joined the cast of the indie drama “Jack Of The Red Hearts” which just began filming in New York.

Janet Grillo (“Fly Away”) helms the story of a teenage con artist who tricks a desperate mother into hiring her as a live-in companion for her autistic daughter. [Source: Deadline]

Welcome to Happiness
Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) has joined the cast of Oliver Thompson’s metaphysical drama “Welcome to Happiness” at Minutehand Pictures. Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Kyle Gallner plays a children’s book author with a secret door in his closet. Offerman will play the character’s father-figure and landlord. Olivia Thirlby, Molly C. Quinn, Frances Conroy, Paget Brewster, Josh Brener and Brendan Sexton III also star. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Bateman Comedy
“Bad Words” actor/director Jason Bateman will star in and direct a currently untitled FBI-themed comedy. P laywright David Bar Katz penned the script based on an original idea by David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson.

The film reportedly tells the story of two undercover FBI agents who pretend to fall in love and use their wedding as a law enforcement trap against the mob. [Source: Zee News]

Manny Lewis
Australian comedian Carl Barron is set to make his feature debut in Anthony Mir’s new film “Manny Lewis” for Seven Productions, A-List Entertainment and Beyond Films. Shooting has just begun with a 2015 release planned.

The story follows a fictional stand-up comedian who finds it hard to connect to one person. Leanna Walsman, Roy Billing and Damien Garvey also star in the project which sports new stand-up material from Barron. [Source: Screen]

Tackling Romeo
Cuban-born dancer Carlos Acosta has joined the cast of Lynda Heys’ Australian film “Tackling Romeo” which begins production later this year.

The story follows Bobby Sherwood who finds his seemingly perfect life imploding after he rehearses in secret for a contemporary ballet of Romeo and Juliet. Acosta will play Bobby’s mentor and choreographer. [Source: Screen]