Philip Seymour Hoffman still had one major scene to film for 'The Hunger Games'
But release dates for sequels will not be changed, studio has confirmed
It was revealed yesterday (February 4) that the release dates for Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2 would not be changed due to Hoffman's death. The actor, who won an Oscar for his leading role in Capote and gained critical acclaim throughout his career for turns in films such as The Master, Magnolia and Almost Famous, was found by emergency services in his New York home earlier this week (February 2).
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, an executive from Lionsgate revealed that Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise, still had "one major, emotional scene" to film. "We're going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole," they said. "His performances in both movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him."
Hinting at how they would resolve the issues, they added: "You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he's talking to."
Hoffman, who passed away aged 46, was celebrated for both his roles in independent films, including Synecdoche, New York and Boogie Nights, as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 3.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is due to be in November 2014, with Mockingjay – Part 2 to follow a year later in November 2015.