'Mockingjay' Will Have to Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 7, 2014
Source: THR

The Hunger Games

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.

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Sad that Hoffman is gone...he was a great actor. At least they caught the dealer...seems like said dealer is getting all the blame...Hoffman fucked up...RIP.

Xerxexx on Feb 7, 2014


Heroin is a helluva drug.

cobrazombie on Feb 10, 2014


hmmm i wonder what that will look like.

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 7, 2014


You've never even seen these movies, have you? Something tells me you just spend your days whining and complaining about every little thing in a mad grab for attention.

davidshaw on Feb 7, 2014


This entire reply just oozes arrogance and narcissism. I feel like I'm drowning.

davidshaw on Feb 7, 2014


I didn't even bother to read this one beyond the first couple lines. You really need to get a life and stop writing such long, self-indulgent diatribes online. Stop massaging your ego and go outside. Seriously. And if you feel the need to reply again go ahead, but I won't read that one either.

davidshaw on Feb 8, 2014


You're the guy at parties that makes me "have to go find my wife".

Cameron on Feb 10, 2014


Comfortable on that high horse?

Xerxexx on Feb 7, 2014


Are you about done today? Clearly this is not the website for you.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 7, 2014


Every comment you make is more pretentious than the last. We love movies here. Just because some of us enjoy blockbuster popcorn movies doesn't make us any less intelligent. Not that I would consider the hunger games a popcorn movie. It's merit is obvious if you took the time to really watch it.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 10, 2014


"This is where film has come"? Your opinion is shared with many academics during the time film was conceived so in essence, it's where film has always been. Feel free to go back to your paintings and sculptures and leave us plebeians with these funny moving pictures.

Neuromancer on Feb 7, 2014


I won't bother arguing the merits of the Hunger Games films, suffice it to say I think you are wrong about them. But what should be pointed out is that movies are a business. Unlike many other forms of art, filmmaking is a rather expensive endeavor. It's popular entertainment like The Hunger Games that in many cases allows the studios and talent to be able to make the mature, adult-themed movies that we all like. It's not one of the other. Popular entertainment and high art can co-exist together... there is room for all types of films in the marketplace.

Guest on Feb 7, 2014


I agree with you man, very intelligent and insightful. That is why we must continue to fight to preserve the true essence of art. That's why it is imperative that we support true tasteful films such as transformers 4 and amazing Spider-Man 2 despite what the mindless massess do!

The Mark man dude bro on Feb 8, 2014


Hilarious how you with your intelligence didn't get it (not talking about the movie, just in case you would think that). I guess you're just slightly below the rest of us but that's ok 🙂 Enjoy!

Neuromancer on Feb 8, 2014


CG Hoffman? Let's call Andy Serkis for some motion capture work!

DavideCoppola on Feb 8, 2014



Nielsen700 on Feb 8, 2014


Bo dun kicked the hornets' nest. // He'll still be great.

DAVIDPD on Feb 9, 2014


I went to the dark side and looked through his comments thread. Wow.

Shannon on Feb 9, 2014


If it's anything similar to the way the Sopranos dealt with the loss of Nancy Marchand (Tony's Mother, Livia) I see now reason why it can't turn out well. His addition to Catching Fire was a great one! Granted - Mockingjay is by far a weaker story than the other two, so there's that to deal with.

Shannon on Feb 9, 2014


I remember when they did this with Oliver Reed in Gladiator. I didn't mind it then, I was just happy they were able to keep the continuity and honor the actor with his final scene. The technology was in its infancy then. As others have said, after Tron, a scene or two should be no problem.

Gohikeone on Feb 9, 2014


Only Skynet can recreate Hoffman.

Perry Pijnenburg on Feb 9, 2014

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