According to Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games series, technology will be used to fill in the gaps for deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who stars in the final two films as Plutarch Heavensbee. Hoffman reportedly had one week of shooting left on the film, including one important scene.
“These days the technology of using someone’s likeness is a whole lot easier to do,” Rob Legato, an effects supervisor on major films including The Wolf of Wall Street, told 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.”
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that their plans “don’t seem very complicated,” adding, “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to.”
A Lionsgate executive said that Hoffman’s death will “have no impact” on the film. “His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft,” the executive stated. “We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”