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Cory Monteith New Movie 'McCanick,' Final Film PHOTO: Plays Drug Addict in Last Role Before Death [VIDEO]

By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS
on Aug 14, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
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  • Cory Monteith portrays a drug-addict in his final movie, McCanick (Photo : Bleiberg Entertainment)

As fans are still reeling from the death of Glee star Cory Monteith, two of his last films are slated for release at the Toronto Film Festival in September and one of them hits close to home.

Monteith's final film, McCanick, is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, announced Tuesday. Bleiberg Entertainment also released a new image of Monteith in-character following the announcement. Judging by the image - of Monteith playing the role of a street hustler - and the irony of the connection between the on-screen character and Monteith's own drug-related past, the film might be a heart-wrenching one for fans. In the image, Monteith looks the part of a bedraggled meth-head.

See the still photo here.

The film's director Josh C. Waller told Entertainment Weekly about Monteith's role, "The character he 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. I think he saw the role as an opportunity for catharsis."

The plot follows the story of narcotics detective, Eugene "Mack" McCanick (David Morse) who is onto Simon Weeks (Monteith), a criminal who has recently been released from prison. Waller told the publication that their dynamic triggers "a firestorm of paranoia and violence."

"Unbeknownst to the chief of police (Ciaran Hinds) Mack and his partner, Floyd (Mike Vogel) mercilessly hunt down Weeks for unknown reasons over the course of one long, hot day," he explained. "The closer Mack gets to his prey, the more we understand that his frenzy stems from a truth from the past, which only Weeks can expose."

Monteith's other film, All the Wrong Reasons, will also release at TIFF in September.

Watch an exclusive clip, featuring a more sober looking Monteith, here.

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