Trailer for Cory Monteith's final film cuts close to the bone

Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM ET

Fans of late actor Cory Monteith are likely to be the ones most intrigued by his final film role, as a former convict with a drug problem, in "McCanick." They're also likely to be the ones who find the role hardest to watch.

In the film's just-released trailer, Monteith's Simon Weeks is out of prison, hanging out on the streets and being poked and pursued for reasons as yet unknown by a narcotics detective (played by David Morse). Their relationship has a Jean Valjean/Javert feel to it, though there's clearly some secret Weeks has that Morse's detective either wants to know or wants him to keep silent about.

It looks like a heavy drama, which emphasizes yet again what was lost when Monteith died in July of a heroin and alcohol overdose: Clearly, there was more to him than the song-and-dance man he played on "Glee."

"McCanick" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.