Philip Seymour Hoffman’s absence will definitely be felt upon the release of the next installments of “The Hunger Games” series – the highest profile project of the actor’s career – a sources close to the franchise say the two films’ final release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively, will not be changed.
The Oscar-winning actor played head game maker Plutarch Heavensbee in the the blockbuster book-to-movie series. The final, fourth installment of the franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” is currently filming. But without Hoffman’s final contributions, the production will undoubtedly need to regroup.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “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.”
In “Mockingjay – Part 1” a source close to the project says that Hoffman’s work was substantially complete and that he only had seven days left to finish up his work on “Part 2.”
A recent Hoffman project, “God’s Pocket” in which he starred alongside Christina Hendricks and John Turturro, just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Another project Hoffman just celebrated at Sundance is “A Most Wanted Man.” Hoffman also finished filming the first season of a television series that was just picked up by Showtime in late Jan. called “Happyish.”
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