Although Christina Hendricks has played modern or even futuristic characters throughout her career, there’s no question that she’s best known for her portrayal of ’60s office manager Joan Harris (née Holloway) on Mad Men. Perhaps that success is why she’s in talks to return to the era for Sally Potter‘s period film Bomb, where she’ll star alongside Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, and Alice Englert. Annette Bening is said to be circling a role in the project as well. More details after the jump.

The Daily Mail broke the news of Hendricks’ casting earlier this week. Potter’s film centers around two teenage rebels involved with the anti-nuclear movement in 1960s London, against the backdrop of the Cold War and the sexual revolution. Fanning will star as Ginger, the brainier one of the two girls, while Englert (daughter of director Jane Campion) is signed on to play boy-crazy Rosa. Nivola will play a writer who has an affair with his teenage daughter’s best friend. Bening and Hendricks’ roles have not been revealed at this time.

Hendricks tends to get as much attention for her looks as she does her actual talent. But Mad Men fans know she’s got actual chops — she more than holds her own against Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss, and the rest of the excellent cast — and her memorable performances on projects like Firefly and Drive show she’s got quite a bit of range as well. Here’s hoping Bomb will provide her with an opportunity to demonstrate some of that skill.

Hendricks’ latest big screen appearances was in I Don’t Know How She Does It opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, and she’ll next star in the Chris Colfer-penned Struck By Lightning and Tony Kaye’s Detachment. Bening recently wrapped Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Imogene and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ He Loves Me. Potter plans to begin shooting Bomb in London this February.

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