With tragic news that beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday morning, the question of what will happen to his future projects is starting to get discussed within the industry. It’s always an impossible difficult task to have to decide what to do with the unfinished roles of actors who have recently died, especially when the film is a high profile blockbuster.
We saw this problem with Heath Ledger when he died as well as Paul Walker when he was killed back in November. Hoffman’s most notable role he had yet to finish was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Hoffman had already wrapped up filming on the first film but his character plays a pivotal role in the final chapter of the film saga.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman had just seven days left of shooting.
Hoffman had completed his work for Part 1, and had only seven days remaining to shoot on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Sources say the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively, will not be affected by Hoffman’s death.
Our own Daniel Solzman posed the question of what would happen to Hoffman’s future roles, but the one we can assume will not get scrapped is his role in The Hunger Games. Shooting may be delayed to figure out a way to salvage the footage already captured as having just seven days left of shooting means that mostly all of Hoffman’s scenes were completed.
Finishing a movie is the last thing we want to think about when an actor dies, but Hoffman connected with so many of his fans through his large body of film work, and knowing that one of his most high profile roles will be kept largely intact is bitter sweet news.