Philip Seymour Hoffman died having already completed the vast majority of his work on “The Hunger Games” finale , the two-part “Mockingjay.” It’s been reported that the Oscar-winning actor was finished with his turn as rebel leader and former gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, save for seven days of shooting.
Now, it’s been revealed that the actor had “one major, emotional scene left to film” for “Mockingjay — Part 2,” according to what an unnamed Lionsgate executive told The Hollywood Reporter. The executive wouldn’t name the scene, though there are plenty of guesses available to fans who’ve read the “Mockingjay” novel.
“We’re all extraordinarily sad,” said the Lionsgate exec. “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.”
Beyond the one, unidentified scene, it seems as though production on the “Hunger Games” finale will move forward without any other required changes. “Mockingjay — Part 1″ hits theaters this November, with “Mockingjay — Part 2″ scheduled for November 2015.
In the hours following Hoffman’s death, Lionsgate released a statement expressing the studio’s condolences: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family.”
Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence and other members of the “Mockingjay” cast and crew released a statement of their own : “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on the morning of February 2. Exact cause of death has not yet been released, though circumstances suggest that the “Capote” actor died of an apparent drug overdose. He was the father of three young children with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. Hoffman was 46.