It seems meaningless in some ways to contemplate how the loss of one of the world’s finest actors might affect movies in progress, but for fans of The Hunger Games, one of the first questions that arose following Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death today was, “What happens to Mockingjay?” EW has reported that the 46 year-old actor had completed all of his shots for part one of Mockingjay, which is scheduled for a November 2014 release. He did have a week of shooting left on part two. It remains to be seen how Francis Lawrence and the rest of the cast and crew will mold the back half of the story to explain his absence, but I think today they’re mostly just missing a friend and a peerless talent. EW’s full report after the break:Fans of The Hunger Games franchise had the great pleasure of watching Philip Seymour Hoffman rip into the expanded character of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. In the wake of news of the actor’s death, Lionsgate released a statement this afternoon mourning the great loss: ”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.”
Plutarch remains a pivotal figure in the two remaining sequels: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Hoffman is said to have largely wrapped on the Part 1 shoot, and had seven remaining days of filming left forPart 2. How director Frances Lawrence and team will work around his tragic absence is still unknown. But their colleague and friend’s death won’t effect the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.
UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence,Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement following the news of Hoffman’s death. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”