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Alyson Hannigan Joins "Pure" in WGN America's Upcoming Mennonite Crime Drama

July 09, 2018

WGN America announced today that Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother,” American Pie, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will be joining the cast as a recurring guest star on the second season of the Mennonite crime drama, “Pure.” She will play “Esther Dunkel,” a lapsed Mennonite who is nobody’s fool and has been helping her lawyer-boyfriend funnel a fortune in cartel cash through a local bank. When the cops start closing in on the ever-resourceful Esther, she has no other option but to engineer her own escape.

Hannigan is slated to begin shooting on July 27, 2018 alongside returning cast members Ryan Robbins (“Arrow,” “The Killing”) as Noah Funk and Alex Paxton-Beesley (“The Strain,” “Cardinal”) as Anna Funk. Also joining the cast of Season 2 is Chris Heyerdahl ("Hell on Wheels"), Zoie Palmer ("Ransom") and Victor Gomez ("Orphan Black"). WGN America will debut the first season of “Pure” early 2019.

The series takes us deep inside a closed, secretive subculture through the eyes of a conflicted, good-hearted man trying to protect his family and preserve his faith.  Inspired by true events, “Pure” is the journey of Noah Funk, a newly elected Mennonite pastor, who is determined to rid his community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a trans-border smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels.  Just when he thinks he's won, Noah and his wife Anna are thrust headlong into a desperate world of violence, greed, and betrayal.

“Pure” is produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix in association with WGN America, Super Channel, Hulu and the CBC. The series is created and written by Michael Amo (“The Listener”) with Ken Girotti (“Orphan Black,” “Vikings”) as the series director. Amo and Girotti serve as executive producers for the second season, along with Brett Burlock, Peter Emerson and David MacLeod (“Call Me Fitz,” “Haven”). Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to “Pure.”

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