Hoffman had 'major scene left to film'
ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday, had finished most of his work on the two remaining Hunger Games films, according to IGN.com.
But he had "one major, emotional scene left to film", said the website, quoting inside sources at Lionsgate, the studio producing the films.
Hoffman played the character Plutarch Heavensbee, a cunning gamemaster who defected to the rebels, in the hit movie series.
He made his first appearance in last year's blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
He was due to appear in the two-part finale called Mockingjay, which will be released as separate movies on Nov 21 this year and Nov 20 next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The site quoted sources as saying that the release dates will not be affected by his death.
He reportedly had only about a week of shooting left before his death.
It is not known how the unfilmed scene will be resolved with Hoffman's death, but The Hollywood Reporter quoted a special-effects supervisor as saying that technology exists to digitally recreate Hoffman's likeness as needed.
He said: "I won't say you could generate a Philip Seymour Hoffman with all the acting ability, but you could certainly replicate him for a shot or two."