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Hunger Games sequels won't be affected by Philip Seymour Hoffman death

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games sequels Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 will not be affected by the death of one of its supporting cast members, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

According to Lionsgate, the film’s distributor, the majority of the late actor’s scenes have been completed, with just seven days left to shoot on Mockingjay – Part 2.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning (February 2, 2014) in New York, placing the future of his forthcoming projects in doubt.

But after considering how the death would impact the final two instalments in The Hunger Games series, Lionsgate concluded that the release dates of November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 will not be affected.

The Mockingjay shoot has been going on since September in Atlanta and is due to end in the spring, before shifting to Berlin and Paris for a month, ending in May, according to Variety. The final two films were being shot simultaneously.

Hoffman was playing the game master Plutarch Heavensbee, a role he first took on in last year’s sequel, Catching Fire.

Lionsgate has, however, issued a statement in light of the tragedy, which reads: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. 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.”

Another of Hoffman’s projects, Ezekiel Moss, which he was due to direct, is now in a state of limbo. The film had been headed to Berlin to be sold but Exclusive Media has now said that it will not be presenting it to buyers.

Related: Read our obituary l Hollywood pays tribute

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