'Hunger Games': Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Nearly Done Filming Sequels

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Monday, 03 Feb 2014 02:32 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Philip Seymour Hoffman had just a week of filming left for the final installment of "The Hunger Games" series when he died of an apparent drug overdose Sunday, but sources close to production say the movie will go on as planned.

The Oscar winner's tragic death will reportedly not affect the final two "Hunger Games" films as he had mostly wrapped "Mockingjay – Part 1" and was nearly finished with "Mockingjay – Part 2," CBS News reported. The last two films are due out Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

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"Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation," Lionsgate, the studio behind the "Hunger Games" series, said in a statement. "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."

Hoffman has played the part of head gamekeeper Plutarch Heavensbee since the second film, "Catching Fire."

"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now," a statement from "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik said. "Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."

Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday of a suspected drug overdose. Police told reporters the actor had a hypodermic needle in his arm when he was found and investigators reportedly recovered 50 bags of heroin from the residence, according to ABC News.

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