Cory Monteith's Final Film 'McCanick' Hits Theaters This Friday

By McCarton Ackerman 03/20/14

In a sad piece of dramatic irony, the actor plays a drug addict being hunted down by a narcotics officer.

Monteith in McCanick. Eagle Films

The final film of the late Glee actor Cory Monteith is set to premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film McCanick, Monteith plays a drug addict who is ultimately hunted down by a narcotics detective. The actor had already completed the role before his tragic overdose death last summer in Vancouver, B.C.

“In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role] but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” said McCanick director Josh C. Waller. “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.”

Monteith had entered a 30-day treatment facility last April for substance abuse issues after a decade of sobriety. He previously admitted to drinking and smoking pot at the age of 13 before "doing anything and everything, as much as possible" by age 16. His girlfriend, fellow Glee co-star Lea Michele, fully supported his second trip to rehab and said she would “stand by” him.

But sadly, it was confirmed by the British Columbia Coroner's Office last July that he passed away due to a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol. Monteith's body was found inside of a Vancouver hotel room, where he had been staying for a week. While some sources claimed that Monteith had attended AA meetings while in Vancouver, others claimed they spotted the actor drinking lightly in the days before his death.

Check out the trailer for 'McCanick':

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