"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" director Francis Lawrence addressed how exactly Philip Seymour Hoffman will appear in the next installment of the film series.
Hoffman, who died in February, played Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and had filmed many of his scenes for "Mockingjay" before his death. The Hunger Games Exclusive posted a conversation with Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson and screenwriter Peter Craig: "We finished the majority of his work," said Lawrence. "I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn’t have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."
Jacobson also noted that they might give a line here or there to a different character like Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) or Effie (Elizabeth Banks), "but only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene," she said.
Earlier this year, Lionsgate, the production company behind the films, said that Hoffman would be recreated for scenes using CGI effects. At the time of his death, The Hollywood Reporter learned that he had not yet filmed one major scene, though it's unclear how that scene will be produced.
"Mockingjay: Part 1" hits theaters Nov. 21. Lionsgate just released the first photo of Hoffman with Julianne Moore as President Coin.