After seeing the trailer for "McCanick," the ultra-Canadian feature set to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, it's safe to say that Cory Monteith's final role is as far from "Glee"'s clean-cut Finn Hudson as he could come.
Monteith, in the final role he shot before his untimely death by drug overdose at age 31, plays Simon Weeks, a young man who recently served jail time for homicide and is now on the loose. He's pursued by an angry Mike Vogel, whose character Floyd Intrator carries a long-haired pic of Monteith in his younger years, presumably at the age when he somehow wronged Intrator.
Josh C. Waller directed the picture, and Rachel Nichols also stars. The film is set to bow at TIFF Sept. 9.
Director Waller told Entertainment Weekly that playing the role was important for Monteith, who struggled publicly with addiction in recent years.
"The character [Cory] plays is this drug-addicted street hustler, and he was wanting to tap into things from his youth — which he's been very open about publicly," he said. "I think he saw the role as an opportunity for catharsis."