On Sunday, we reported the tragic news that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46, from an apparent heroin overdose. Before his passing, the actor still had seven days left to shoot on the highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, where he plays Plutarch Heavensbee, although a majority of his work had already been shot. Today, we have word that Lionsgate plans to digitally recreate the late actor for at least one pivotal scene, according to unidentified sources within the studio.
"You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you're not focusing on him but the people he's talking to."
It still isn't known if the filmmakers will need to alter the script for these scenes or not. The Hollywood Reporter also spoke to Robert Legato, who doesn't have any specific knowledge of Lionsgate's situation, but he did add that the technology has gotten to the point where you can replicate the actor for a few shots.
"These days the technology of using someone's likeness is a whole lot easier to do. 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."
In our story from Sunday, Lionsgate revealed that the actor's death will not affect the release dates of the two-part finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 21, 2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which are being shot back-to-back. Production began in September, and is expected to continue until May.