It was a sad day in Atlanta, Ga., as the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 returned to work without their co-star, Philip Seymour Hoffman. In their character’s costumes, a brunette Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and a grey-haired Julianne Moore were spotted looking a little glum as they headed inside a building to shoot scenes for the final installment of the Suzanne Collins adaptation.
Hoffman, who passed away Sunday after allegedly overdosing on heroin, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise’s sequel. A source close to the production assured Celebuzz that the Oscar-winning actor’s death will not affect the release date of the series’ final two films.
According to our source, Hoffman’s work on Mockingjay – Part 1 was entirely completed and he had just seven days left of filming for Part 2. His tragic passing will not affect the films’ scheduled release dates of November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 respectively.
It isn’t clear if any remaining scenes will need to be cut down or eliminated from either film, though a source suggests to The Hollywood Reporter that execs have been throwing around the idea of using CGI to insert the late actor into key scenes.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” a statement from Lionsgrate read. “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.”