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Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola Are the 'Bomb'

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Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola are about to get radical.

The duo have joined the cast of Sally Potter's new film, a a period coming-of-age-tale called "Bomb," according to The Playlist.

"Bomb" takes place in 1960s London, where "the Cold War meets the Sexual Revolution," and centers on a 16-year-old girl (Fanning) who wants to save the world from nuclear annihilation but finds it's her own family that's about ready to explode. Nivola will play a her father, a charismatic writer who has a falling out with his daughter after he has an affair with her best friend (to be played by Jane Campion's daughter, Alice Englert).

Sally Potter's films are always interesting even if they sometimes end up a little too overly ambitious. The experimental video and performance artist made her feature debut with "The Gold Diggers" in 1983 but rose to international fame with 1992's "Orlando," starring Tilda Swinton. She went on to direct "The Man Who Cried" with Johnny Depp and "Yes," a film starring Joan Allen with dialogue spoken entirely in iambic pentameter. Her latest film, "Rage," was shot entirely with a cellphone camera and starred Jude Law, Steve Buscemi and Dianne Wiest.

Meanwhile, Elle Fanning has made a big impression this past year with her performances in "Super 8" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere." She's also reportedly one of the few good things about Francis Ford Coppola's oddball gothic horror film, "Twixt."

Alessandro Nivola is currently enjoying acclaim for his performance as a fading rock star turned sudden father in "Janie Jones." He'll next be seen in "A Single Shot," a thriller co-starring Emily Mortimer and Juno Temple.

"Bomb" starts shooting in the U.K. in February.

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