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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Production: What Happens to Philip Seymour Hoffman's Character?

Feb 09, 2014 04:06 AM EST
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After Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death, people are wondering what will happen to his work in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" movie. After his debut as Plutarch Heavensbee in "Catching Fire," released in December last year, he definitely plays a vital role in the succeeding films.

The Oscar-winning actor had already completed filming most of his scenes before his death, according to the Wall Street Journal, although they still have a week of unfinished filming left, with one major scene not yet shot. Director Francis Lawrence and his team decided to film the movie without making too many changes to his character since he had completed almost all of his cuts.

Hoffman will have to be recereated digitally, leaving Lionsgate in a difficult spot, as confirmed by the New York Post. They do not want to be insensitive about his death, but they need to make changes in the movie involving the use of technical tools to digitally remake Hoffman.

Lionsgate is still confident they can produce a quality alteration to the "Hunger Games" sequels, especially with today's technological advances in digital animation. 

"You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you're not focusing on him but the people he's talking to," a Lionsgate inside source told The Hollywood Reporter. 

"The Hunger Games" is a best-selling novel trilogy written by Suzanne Colins. Followed by a famous movie franchise, "Hunger Games" is now a global phenomenon. Hoffman's death will not affect the movie's planned release date, still happening on November 21 this year.

Philip Seymour Hoffman recently passed away due to a suspected heroin overdose.

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