An episode in the next series of the show, ‘The Quarterback’, will be devoted to the late actor – who was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July – and his former co-stars are preparing a moving musical tribute in the shape of the ‘Rent’ showtune.
Meanwhile, E! News is reporting Cory’s girlfriend Lea Michele – who also plays his character Finn Hudson’s high school sweetheart, Rachel Berry – won’t appear until the final act of the special episode, where she will perform a “limited but incredibly powerful” song.
Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Naya Rivera (Santana) will also have solo parts in the tear-jerking tribute.
A source told HollywoodLife.com: “The [episode] is more of a celebration of Cory’s life, and the difference he made to us and the fans of the show. As much as it will be [part of the ‘Glee’ season], it also feels like a stand-alone episode.”
Show boss Ryan Murphy recently said they were unlikely to show Finn dying of a drug overdose.
Matthew Morrison – who plays mentor and glee club leader Will Schuester – revealed filming the tribute had helped the cast with the grieving process.
He previously said: “It’s incredibly hard. We’ve mourned Cory, but now we’re mourning Finn. So it’s kind of like two people in that one person. It’s incredibly hard and we’re staying strong together and I have to say Lea [Michele] has been the most strongest of all of us.”
We most certainly can’t wait for this episode as it would be absolutely surreal and amazing at the same time, especially Rachel’s (Lea Michelle) bit of the episode.
May Cory Monteith Rest In Peace.