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Hoffman had one week left of production on "Mockingjay - Part 2" and had not yet filmed a major scene involving his character, gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Now, a source tells the New York Post that editors will digitally recreate the actor using computer graphics and camera tricks.
"You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you're not focusing on him but the people he's talking to," an insider told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week.
No one has confirmed which scene is the one in question. If it's in the second "Mockingjay" movie -- SPOILER ALERT -- perhaps it's when Plutarch visits Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in the hospital after she was choked by Peeta? Or at the very end, when he testifies on her behalf at her trial for the murder of President Coin?
We'll find out when "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" hits theaters November 20, 2015.