Premiering tonight, Allegiance centers on Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a whip smart CIA analyst whose parents (Hope Davis, Scott Cohen) and sister (Margarita Levieva) are members of a Russian sleeper cell that have just been activated.
The pilot, which is filled with its share of twists and turns, delivers the goods, as Alex’s own intellectual prowess serves as an even match for his family’s clandestine skills. Will Alex, once he discovers his family’s involvement with the SVR, turn everyone in, or will he become a double agent and commit treason against his country? These are a few of the questions in play for the freshman series, which was created by The Adjustment Bureau filmmaker George Nolfi.
In the video below, Stenhouse talks about the challenges of learning Russian for Allegiance (the Brit also had to cultivate an American accent for the part – so he’s pulling double duty). For Levieva, Russian is her first language, and she, along with a dialect coach, helped Stenhouse and other co-stars with the language.