Hoffman will be digitally recreated in order to complete his work in the next two films in "The Hunger Games" series. On Feb. 6, Us Weekly reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman will still play Plutarch Heavensbee in the final two films. While "MockingJay: Part 1" filming has been completed, Hoffman only had a few days left to shoot part 2 before he was found dead in his New York apartment.
According to reports, "the studio will use CGI technology to edit the film rather than rewriting the script, or hiring a new actor to take Hoffman's place" (via Us Weekly).
Hoffman being digitally recreated is somewhat "good" news only because it has been confirmed that he will still play his part in the final "Hunger Games" film. It's weird, however, to imagine how the movie is going to work without having Hoffman actually there in the flesh... but it's 2014 and it's the movies -- so fans will have to just roll with it. It's not like it's going to be several scenes anyway.
"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," explained veteran special effects supervisor Rob Legato.
Are you surprised Hoffman will be digitally recreated? Do you think it's going to be noticeable in the film?
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