Eight months after his death , late “Glee” star Cory Monteith’s final film role will hit theaters this Friday. Though mostly known for playing the football star-turned-glee-club-singer on the Fox series, Monteith, 31, was branching out into feature films around the time of his death from last summer.
In the crime mystery, “McCanick,” which is due out on Friday, Monteith plays drug addict and prisoner Simon Weeks alongside veteran actor David Morse. In a clip obtained by E!, Monteith appears to melt into the role, using a very different voice than his TV one and sporting long, unkempt brown hair tucked under a dirty hoodie.
“Take it easy, doesn’t your mother feed you?” Morse asks Monteith’s Weeks as the scraggly ex-con rips through a meal at a diner. “I don’t have a mother,” Monteith murmurs in a scratchy voice. “I’m by myself.”
With an intense, untrusting gaze, Monteith tells Morse that a woman named Alice took care of him when Morse’s character starts asking about the case he’s working on. “I’m not gay, you know? I just do this cuz it’s easy. I don’t like it or anything,” says Monteith, sizing Morse up as a good dad.
Director Josh C. Waller told the Los Angeles Times last summer that Monteith found the role cathartic. “You could sense it,” Waller said. “In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy, but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man. But when I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly… He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”
Though Monteith played a squeaky clean jock on “Glee,” the actor had struggled with drug and alcohol issues in his past, completing a stint in rehab just months before his death.
Monteith died on July 13; it was later determined he died from a mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol. Monteith also completed work on the movie “All the Wrong Reasons” before his death; it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last summer.
Watch the “McCanick” trailer here: