Beloved character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday.
The death of the star, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” has left many to wonder what this means for the two-part final chapter, “Mockingjay.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, has already released a statement about the situation, according to Deadline.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” the statement reads. “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.”
Deadline reports that most of his scenes had already been completed, with roughly seven days left to film on “Mockingjay Part 2.”
This puts Lionsgate in a position similar to Universal Pictures after the tragic death of Paul Walker.
However, since“Mockingjay Part 2” is not due out until fall 2015, and because Plutarch is not a lead character in the film, it is unlikely that the release date will be shifted.