Thursday May 15, 2014 8:39 pm
Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Not Appear via CGI in ‘Mockingjay’
Philip Seymour Hoffman will not be digitally recreated to appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
The actor tragically died in February of a heroin overdose before he could complete the sci-fi film and director Francis Lawrence is determined to include the star in the scenes he couldn't complete, but will not settle for digitally enhancing his image into the movie.
"We finished the majority of his work. 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," he said.
Shortly after his passing, studio Lionsgate, who is making the movies, said Philip would be recreated for scenes using CGI effects. Producer Nina Jacobson said they may give some of the star's character, Plutarch Heavensbee's, lines to other characters, but said that would happen "only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene."
Lionsgate also released the first picture of Philip in the movie today, which sees his character sitting next to President Coin, played by Julianne Moore, with a wry smile on his face.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth is set for release on November 21.
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