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Posted: 9:23 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Will Hoffman's death affect "Mockingjay" schedule? 

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Catch glimpses of Atlanta in ‘Catching Fire’
This scene from “Catching Fire,” featuring Donald Sutherland (left) and Philip Seymour Hoffman, was filmed in the dining room of Atlanta’s elegant Swan House.

By Jennifer Brett

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman still had some work yet to be completed on "Mockingjay" but his untimely passing likely will not affect the schedule for the next installment of the "Hunger Games" series, acccording to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hoffman, 46, was disovered dead on Sunday in his New York home. He was the apparent victim of a drug overdose.

The actor acclaimed for his work on both stage and screen filmed the 2013 blockbuster "Catching Fire" here and had been back in Atlanta recently to work on "Mockingjay." The final book in the "Hunger Games" series was split into two movies. Their November 2014 and 2015 release dates will not be affected by Hoffman's death, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Hoffman's "Hunger Games" cast mates have taken to social media to pay their respects.

"I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless," Sam Claflin posted on Twitter. "A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family."

Julianne Moore, who also appeared with Hoffman in "Boogie Nights," retweeted a portrait of Hoffman with the message "#RIP. It's all so fragile."

In a statement to Us and other outlets, Lionsgate Films  said, "Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. 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 was spotted out at a number of places during his time in Atlanta. He happily posed for photos with the manager and hostess of one Buckhead restaurant during an October 2012 visit and enjoyed riding his bike in Piedmont Park.

The real estate agent who negotiated the lease for Hoffman's temporary Atlanta home said the actor was "soft spoken and kind."

"Mockingjay" has been filming in downtown Atlanta. I'll run by to check things out later.

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