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Following the tragic and sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday morning, the world of cinema was in shock. Dozens of fellow actors and celebrities flooded the internet with condolences to the man who will go down in history as a very recognizable, lovable man.
Not to be insensitive whatsoever, but unfortunately the untimely passing of Mr. Hoffman raised a lot of questions about his ongoing role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games film series. A role which he was still working on filming back-to-back the final two films in the series at the time of his death. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to hit theaters November 21st, 2014, and Part 2 due on November 20th, 2015.
Although officials reported that neither of the release dates will be affected by this tragedy, it was revealed that Hoffman was finished filming his scenes for Part 1, but not Part 2.
Thanks to THR now know that Mr. Hoffman had but one final scene to film for Part 2, and that it was “one major, emotional scene”. Here’s what an executive from Lionsgate had to say about moving forward with post-production of Mockingjay – Part 2:
“We’re all extraordinarily sad. But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
So it appears that we will still see Philip Seymour Hoffman’s completed work on the film, and in an interesting yet very agreeable approach, the studio and filmmakers will work around the actor, rather than the exact story The Hunger Games tells. I think recasting would be very inappropriate in this case, and I’m glad they’re taking this route and attempting to work around the tragedy that occurred.
Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment from an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old.
What do you guys think about this choice from Lionsgate?
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/4/14, with a link to THR