Gleeks could have seen Matthew Morrison’s character, Will Schuester, otherwise known as Mr. Schue, portrayed by a completely different well-known actor and singer.
During the first episode of the “Glee”–recap podcast “And That’s What You REALLY Missed”, hosted by the show’s former stars and New Directions members Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), shocking revelations about what could have been for the beloved musical comedy-drama series were made.
While speaking with guest Ryan Murphy, the “Glee” creator revealed that the original pilot script, penned by Ian Brennan, was a lot darker and creepier than the episode that appeared on fans’ television screens back in March 2015 when the first episode aired.
“Mr. Schue, I believe, was a crystal-meth addict in Ian’s script,” Murphy shared. “The NC-17 version of show choir with a weird protagonist who was unraveling.
“I just need something optimistic,” he said of the re-written, less dark pilot script.
Then, the acclaimed television writer, director and producer dropped another bombshell.
“That pilot was written for Justin Timberlake… Mr. Schue was written for Justin,” he revealed before part one of the episode got cut off.
While many fans think Murphy’s revelation “makes sense,” easily pointing out the resemblance between Morrison and Timberlake, others questioned how the McKinley High School teacher and glee club director wasn’t already a drug addict, noting that the character appeared to be “on something.”
Gleeks reacted to Murphy’s revelations on Twitter:
Finding out the role of Mr. Schue on Glee was written for Justin Timberlake makes so much sense. Like a puzzle piece in my brain I didn’t know was missing finally found.
— Mike (@michaelcollado) October 31, 2022
i thought they were the same person for about 15 years
— siyyan (@siyyaninaas) October 31, 2022
are you trying to tell me that matthew morrison's mr. schue wasn't a meth addict bc……he was on something https://t.co/8jjUrBswAa
— monica (@waystarroyhoe) October 31, 2022
bringing this tweet back now that ryan murphy has finally admitted to the world that mr schue was actually written FOR justin😭 https://t.co/jU1rAhQGsI
— isha.kinare (@ishadrums) October 31, 2022
Seeing this pic of Matthew Morrison as Justin Timberlake knowing that Mr. Schue was written for JT is wild. https://t.co/wnIfAO3WGt
— Jillian Elizabeth (@Jillian002) November 1, 2022
mr schue literally was on meth for 6 seasons straight they didn't write that out i fear https://t.co/96GaUm6kjR
— ًJASMINE DAY (@amalasdaya) October 31, 2022
the fact that mr. schue was just like That while sober somehow makes it worse https://t.co/46smKZYxw3
— san ✘ ⁷ 🧑🚀 (@seokjingaycult) October 31, 2022