Since the tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, one of the big questions has been how Hunger Games: Mockingjay would complete his perfomance as Plutarch Heavensbee. The actor had finished all of his work for the first half of the two-part adaptation, but still had seven days of shooting scheduled for part two at the time of his death. The producers are going to recreate Hoffman digitally for one key scene that they could not write around his character. The closest paralell to this comes from when Oliver Reed’s character in Gladiator was completed digitally when the actor died during filming the epic in 1999. Technology has come a log way since then, which is good news, because the digital Reed scene is a pretty jarring comparison to his real person.
“You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to, ” said THR’s source on the production decision.
The use of digital posthumous likenesses was one that we were talking about on the site just last week as something that was close. Apparently, it’s a lot closer than even we thought. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 will be released on November 20, 2015. It will be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final film.