(CBS NEWS) As Hollywood continues to reel from the news ofPhilip 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 alsopaid tribute to the actoron 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

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders:Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections:Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here

Read or Share this story: