Philip Seymour Hoffman and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

News Simon Brew 3 Feb 2014 - 06:35

Lionsgate confirms that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's work on the upcoming The Hunger Games movies was almost done.

We're still in shock about the sad death of Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday, a man we never knew, but absolutely loved his work. One of our favourite actors, he leaves behind so many wonderful performances, and our thoughts are very much with his friends and family at what must be such a horrible time for them.

Lionsgate has moved quickly to clear up, and remove any speculation about, the fate of his work in the still-filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I and Part II. Hoffman had introduced the character of Plutarch Heavensbee on-screen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the role is a significant one in the final book.

As it turns out, the actor had completed the required filming for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, and had seven days' worth of work to go on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. We'll still get to see some of Hoffman's final work, as the studio isn't going to recast his role, and won't need to delay the release of either film. Presumably some post-production trickery, and slight reworking where necessary, will fill in the gaps.

One last thing: if you're thinking of using the comments section to talk about the circumstances of Hoffman's death, please don't. If you want to add your voice to the many celebrating the work of an actor taken from us far too soon, please do. Thank you.

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