Christina Hendricks, who stars as Joan Harris on the AMC hit show Mad Men, is joining the cast of a new Showtime comedy called Roadies. The one-hour pilot follows the lives of the members of a rock band. Hendricks plays the band’s production manager, Shelli. She is paired in the pilot with Bill, another behind-the-scenes crew member. Bill is played by Luke Wilson.
This will be a far cry from what the five time Emmy winning actress is known for–playing Joan, the former-power-secretary-turned-partner at Sterling Cooper, but will also likely be a nice change. Mad Men will soon end its TV run, with its final episodes being aired in the spring.
Roadies stars several strong actors besides Christina Hendricks. Luke Wilson (Old School), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) will all join Hendricks in the upcoming show.
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In addition to Mad Men and the upcoming TV series, Christina Hendricks will soon be seen in a new film. She is set to star in Dark Places, which is adapted from a bestseller by Gillian Flynn. Hendricks plays the role of Patty Day in the film that deals with murder and a secret society. Dark Places will also star Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult. It is set to land in theaters in 2015.
Cameron Crowe is set to direct Roadies, which is slated to begin filming for the pilot in Vancouver very early in 2015. He is, of course, hoping the pilot will become a full series pickup. It’s likely Christina Hendricks is hoping the same. Do you think she might find herself involved in something that will bring her the kind of success she’s known in Mad Men or might this simply be a blip on the screen en route to her next career milestone?