As most of you are already aware, Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his life on February 2nd. While he was not entirely finished filming his role in the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2; his presence will be maintained in the film. According to the NY Post, filmmakers will digitally recreate Hoffman’s image in the final scenes to preserve the actor’s presence in the film.
Apparently, at the time of the actor’s passing, he had about one more week of shooting left on the final two installations of The Hunger Games franchise. For those of you who have read the books, or at least been following the films, knows that the character Plutarch Heavensbee plays a pretty big role in the franchise, as he is the new Head Gamemaker who makes a move in Mockingjay, of which I can’t tell you about in order to keep this spoiler free.
Some of you may be wondering why they couldn’t just rewrite the scenes to exclude Hoffman’s character. Well, as I said before, Hoffman’s character is pretty integral to the storyline, and his removal would certainly muck things up a little bit. Also, I know it may feel a little wrong to digitally recreate one of the world’s greatest actors for the final few scenes in his last film; however, from what I can tell, it was the best way that they could keep his presence whole and make sure that one of his final pieces of work remained intact.
I know that we have seen our fair share of crappy renderings in the past, but I have faith that the filmmakers will do what they need to do to ensure that Hoffman’s presence is kept intact and not tarnished by a sub-par rendering. We will know for sure when the film hits theaters.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 21, 2014. It will be followed by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on November 20, 2015.