Yesterday, we reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman had one week left to film on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, but we didn’t know the importance or length of that material. Today, THR reports that Hoffman had “one major, emotional scene left to film”, but as a Lionsgate executive tells the trade, “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.” The final installment of the blockbuster series is still schedule to be released on November 20, 2015.
Hit the jump for possibilities on these “work-around issues”.
Unsurprisingly, the executive wouldn’t specify the Hoffman’s last scene, explaining “Why would I want to give people something to look for two years from now?” Although Hoffman’s character, Plutarch Heavensbee, never becomes heavily featured in the book (and so far, the movies have stuck close to the source material), he does play an important role in the narrative.
According to one source, the scene won’t be cut and they’ll try to find different ways to handle it. “They seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated,” said the source. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to.” While veteran effects supervisor Rob Legato (who has no specific knowledge about the upcoming sequels) says it might be possible to digitally recreate the late actor “for a shot or two”, THR says “some scenes might need to be rewritten.”