Philip Seymour Hoffman To Be Digitally Recreated for Remaining Hunger Games Mockingjay Scene: Report

Entertainment Feb. 6, 2014 AT 7:35PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson Lionsgate reportedly plans to digitally-recreate the late Philip Seymour Hoffman for one major remaining scene in Part 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. In this picture: Hoffman and Woody Harrelson in one scene for the movie. Credit: Murray Close/Lionsgate

The Games will proceed. The production company behind The Hunger Games movie franchise has reportedly found a solution for the remaining scenes left incomplete by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. According to Page Six, Lionsgate plans to digitally-recreate Hoffman -- who played head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the series -- for one major scene in Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

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The studio will use CGI technology to edit the film rather than rewriting the script, or hiring a new actor to take Hoffman's place, Page Six reported Thursday, Feb. 6. The beloved actor was set to reprise his role as Heavensbee in Parts 1 and 2 of Mockingjay. While Hoffman had already completed most of his scenes for Part 1, he still had seven days left to shoot on Part 2.

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"These days the technology of using someone's likeness is a whole lot easier to do," veteran special effects supervisor Rob Legato speculated Monday, Feb. 3 to The Hollywood Reporter. "I won't say you could generate a Philip Seymour Hoffman with all the acting ability, but you could certainly replicate him for a shot or two."

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Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the series, discussed the loss of her Hunger Games costar on Wednesday's Today show: "I really am in shock," she said. "He is an absolutely amazing actor, respected by everyone and part of our family at The Hunger Games."

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The Oscar-winning actor first appeared in 2013's Catching Fire. Hoffman, who was found dead at 46 in his NYC apartment on Sunday, Feb. 2 from an apparent heroin overdose, will be honored in a private funeral service. He leaves behind his estranged girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.

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