Philip Seymour Hoffman to be digitally recreated for 'Hunger Games...' scene

Written by PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: Feb 7 2014, 22:45pm hrs
The production company behind 'The Hunger Games' movie franchise is planning to digitally recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman for one of the major scenes in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2'.

The studio will use CGI (Computer-generated imagery) technology to edit the film rather than rewriting the script or hiring a new actor to take Philip Seymour Hoffman's place, reported Us magazine.

The actor was set to reprise his role as Heavensbee in Parts 1 and 2 of 'Mockingjay' and had already completed most of his scenes for Part 1, he still had seven days left to shoot on Part 2.

"These days the technology of using someone's likeness is a whole lot easier to do. 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," said Rob Legato, veteran special effects supervisor.

The Oscar-winning actor first appeared in 2013's 'Catching Fire'. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead at 46 in his NYC apartment on February 2 from an apparent heroin overdose, will be honoured in a private funeral service.