After the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, fans had been skeptical on how his character would work for the final Hunger Games movie. Director Francis Lawrence reportedly has revealed how that's going to happen.
On Friday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the filmmakers are not planning to use any CGI or digital recreation to add Hoffman's character as Plutarch Heavensbee.
"We finished the majority of his work," the director said. "I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn't have any dialogue."
"We are going to put him into those scenes, but we're only using real footage," Lawrence continued. "We're not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."
Producer Nina Jacobson said that the team was able to make some changes to the scenes and dialogue to make the absence of Hoffman work.
"We had to rewrite the dialogue scenes that he had left and there's no question that shooting those scenes is painful without him," Jacobson said.
"We might give a line of Plutarch's to Haymitch or Effie, but only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene," she added.
The director also mentioned that Katniss's character will be experiencing some massive difficulties in the film.
"She's barely able to hold it together," Lawrence said. "That's compounded by the fact that she is now really distrustful of everybody around her...She's very, very fragile and very, very angry."
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is expected to hit theaters on November 21.