Philip Seymour Hoffman Being Digitally Edited Into ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’
The producers of the ‘Hunger Games‘ franchise aren’t wasting any time in recovering from the sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The actor, who was found dead in his New York City apartment on Feb. 2, had been in the middle of shooting his part in the series’ final two films. His character, gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, plays a major role in the final book, ‘Mockinjay.’
It was previously reported that Hoffman’s work on the projects was “substantially” complete, with just seven days of shooting left on his schedule. However, at least one crucial scene had yet to be filmed.
Sources tell the New York Post that film editors will digitally edit the actor into at least that scene, in place of opting to rewrite the script. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” an insider revealed to the Hollywood Reporter earlier this week (Feb. 3).
Initial autopsy results on Hoffman, who died with a syringe in his arm and was surrounded by bags of what appeared to be heroin, were found to be inconclusive. The actor was laid to rest in a celeb-studded private service today (Feb. 7) in Manhattan.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ is being split into two films. The first will be released this year, with the second set for November 2015.