She is known for her work in comedies, but How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan is about to change that up quite a bit. The actress will be trading in levity for gravity, thanks to a new role on an established series. Hannigan has joined the second season cast of the crime drama Pure, and her character is something else. To understand Hannigan's role, you have to know the premise behind it.

Pure follows Ryan Robbins' Noah Funk, a newly-elected Mennonite pastor who leads the charge to rid his community of drugs and sever its ties with the traffickers that have entangled themselves in it. Unfortunately for Noah, his actions only draw him deeper into the drug trafficking mayhem. So where does Alyson Hannigan's character fit it into all of this? Where you would probably not expect her to be given her most popular roles. In fact, the actress is playing a person on the wrong side of the law.

Alyson Hannigan will star on Pure as the clever Esther Dunkel. A lapsed Mennonite whose boyfriend is a lawyer, Esther has been helping him pump a ton of the cartel's money through the local bank. With the authorities zeroing in on her, Esther decides to plan her escape. Will she slip away from the cops? If Esther is as resourceful as she is described in the official character description, then it sounds like she has a strong chance. This is "pure" speculation, but she will possibly set up her boyfriend to take the fall.

Pure sounds compelling and Alyson Hannigan taking on a role that is so different only adds to the allure. You can totally see where she has the acting skills to play this sort of character so it will be intriguing to see what she does with it. Hannigan will begin filming the role exactly one month from now on July 27. Joining Hannigan as new Season 2 cast members are Hell on Wheels' Chris Heyerdahl, Ransom's Zoie Palmer, and Orphan Black's Victor Gomez.

In addition to watching Alyson Hannigan in Pure, you will be able to see her in a lighter capacity as Kim Possible's mom in the upcoming live-action Disney Channel original movie. Wondering when you will get to see Hannigan in Pure? Well, it is not exactly around the corner.

It may be a while before fans in the U.S. get to see Alyson Hannigan take on this dramatic role. The first season of Pure will not premiere on WGN America until early 2019. The second season starring Hannigan will hopefully not be too far behind. For more information about Pure, check out the series' official website. For new and returning television shows you can anticipate watching in the meantime, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.

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