Although the film doesn’t open in theaters for another eight months, production on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay recently faced a tragedy no one expected: the unexpected death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. In an interview with USA Today, Mockingjay‘s director Francis Lawrence talks about how the production is carrying after the loss:
It was obviously very rough for all of us. He was a friend. He was an amazing actor, an iconic actor. He was someone I really looked up to… We shut down for a day to give people time to deal with the sudden shock of it all. And to try and sort of figure things out a little bit. … We as a cast and crew definitely honored him. We gathered everyone together and had a big moment for him. We still think about him every day. It’s hard not to imagine him being here. It’s something so sudden, so shocking.
At the time of his death, Philip Seymour Hoffman only had about a week left of shooting on Mockingjay – Part Two, in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. Hoffman’s last scene to be filmed was a major one, which had to be re-written and re-worked after his death. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two will be the actor’s final screen performance when it hits in 2015.