Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, and Woody Harrelson in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (LIONSGATE via USA TODAY)
(CBS NEWS) As Hollywood continues to reel from the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, many were forced to consider how "The Hunger Games" film franchise would proceed without him.
Hoffman joined the series for last year's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, and his character plays a part in the final two films.
Lionsgate, the studio behind "The Hunger Games" movies, released a statement Sunday that 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 is said to have largely wrapped his role in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" and had seven days of filming left on "Mockingjay - Part 2." It's believed that the release dates for both films (Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015) will not be affected.
"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now," a statement from "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik said. "Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."
Many other stars also paid tribute to the actor on Twitter.
Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46.
You may also like...
Arrrrrr! Pirates invade Tampa for Gasparilla
Treason? Secret Service visits candidate who says Obama should hang
Mystery House: Unsuspecting house holds a hidden secret
Abuse Arrest: Hog-hunting mom leaves kids in freezing car
Seeking Sasquatch: Bigfoot sightings abound in Colorado
Cyclist stuck in windshield: "Hi, I'm the guy you hit"
Miracle Baby: Tampa toddler has 5-organ transplant
Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary
#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights
Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children
Popular photo galleries:
Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers
Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos
Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant
Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***
Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole
Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here
Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here
Jessica Derschowtiz, CBS News