Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death will not prevent him from gracing the screen at least two more times. The studio behind the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay and its sequel has confirmed that the late actor will still appear in the films. He had reportedly finished most of his parts for both sequels, which were filmed back-to-back. They will use digital technology to recreate him for his remaining scenes.
A Lionsgate insider told Hollywood Reporter, “You can do digital things. You can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to.”
Hoffman was introduced as Plutarch Heavensbee, a Capitol insider who is not all he appears to be in the latest installment, Catching Fire.
“We’re all extraordinarily sad. But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact,” the exec told HR. “Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of workaround 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.”
Mockingjay is set to hit theaters Nov. 21. Mockingjay Part 2 will follow on Nov. 20, 2015.