Despite the sad death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the release dates for the upcoming Hunger Games sequels will not be rescheduled.
Hoffman was found dead in his apartment earlier in the month, after reports indicated that he died of a drug overdose. However, no official announcement has been made.
The Oscar winner, who won for his role as Truman Capote in Capote, played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and set to take part in the final installments in the franchise Mockingjay ¨C Part 1 and Part 2.
The film¡¯s studio Lionsgate has now confirmed that Hoffman completed his scenes for the first of the sequels, and just needed nine more days of filming left for the final film.
¡°Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,¡± said an official statement from the studio.
¡°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 starred in numerous roles including Synecdoche, New York, Boogie Nights, Before The Devil Knows Your Dead, as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 3, alongside Tom Cruise.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ¨C Part 1 is due to be in November 2014, with Mockingjay ¨C Part 2 to follow a year later in November 2015.