|Hoffman/Harrelson in Hunger Games: Catching Fire|
The third and final film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins trilogy will be shot as intended using CGI to digitally recreate Hoffman into the scene. Special effects editors will use computer-generated imagery and camera tricks instead of rewriting the script.
Hoffman's death occurred just seven days before filming was to be completed on the two-part Hunger Games: Mockingjay movie, leaving out at least one crucial key scene in the film for his character, Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, ScreenCrush reported.
At the end of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we found out Plutarch is heading the uprising of the rebellion against the Capitol after saving Katniss, Finnick, and Beetee in the 75th Quarter Quell when the arena's force field was destroyed.
The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his West Village apartment in New York of a heroin overdose earlier this month.
"We're all extraordinarily sad," a Lions Gate executive told Hollywood Reporter. "But as it relates to production, it's going to have no impact. 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."
This wouldn't be the first time an actor's unexpected death prompted the use of CGI to complete the film. During the production of Gladiator, Oliver Reed's head was digitally inserted onto another actor's body after the star died of a sudden heart attack, allowing the film to finish without rewriting the script and delaying its premiere.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is due in theaters November 21, with part two in theaters November 2015.
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