Lionsgate have confirmed that the remaining two Hunger Games sequels (Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2) will be completed and released on schedule despite the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played the role of Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the popular series.
The 46 year old actor died of an apparent heroin overdose at his New York apartment on Sunday. Lionsgate released a statement offering their sympathies to his family:
‘Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.’
Lionsgate went on to confirm that the actor’s work was ‘substantially complete on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and he had seven days remaining to shoot on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. This tragedy will not affect the films.’
In other words it looks as though there will be no recasting of Plutarch Heavensbee – probably for the best, as stepping into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s shoes would be no mean feat. Presumably some clever editing and rewrites will be brought into play in order to complete Mockingjay – Part 2 without him.
Mockingjay – Part 1 is due for release in the UK on 21 November 2014, and Part 2 on 20 November 2015.