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.
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."