'Mockingjay' Will Have to Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman
Following the heartbreaking news that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died last weekend (read my personal tribute and farewell here), Lionsgate revealed that only seven days of filming needed to be completed on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II. The studio said they would not need to recast Hoffman, but THR learned that one major scene still needed to be completed, and it involved Hoffman's character, gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, who becomes fairly important after the end of Catching Fire. The source said, "they seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated" and "You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to." More below!
Now it appears we know how the filmmaker's will get around this tragic circumstance. The New York Post says the filmmakers will digitally recreate Hoffman for this unknown, pivotal scene that Heavensbee must be present for in the film. The scene has yet to be shot, and knowing the kind of things special effects can do today, this isn't surprising news. Obviously they won't be able to add lines that Hoffman hadn't already recorded, but if filmmakers can make Jeff Bridges young again in Tron Legacy, this shouldn't be a problem at all. It might be odd if noticeable, but we don't even know the scene in question, so we'll find out.