Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1</i>.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

In an early glimpse of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 released on Friday, Julianne Moore as District 13’s President Coin sits alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. 

The Hunger Games was the last production Hoffman worked on before his death in February and, in a new taster for the next instalment of the mega franchise, director Francis Lawrence says the filmmakers won’t turn to CGI to finish his part.

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.

"We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn't have any dialogue," Lawrence said.

"We are going to put him into those scenes, but we're only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."

Hoffman was working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 when he died. There were reports that he would be digitally recreated in a major scene he was yet to film.

For Mockingjay - Part 1, however, producer Nina Jacobson said the team worked around the existing footage. "We had to rewrite the dialogue scenes that he had left and there’s no question that shooting those scenes is painful without him," she said.

"We might give a line of Plutarch's to Haymitch or Effie, but only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene."

Glimpses from the forthcoming epic, out in Australia on November 20, are on TheHungerGamesExclusive.com and include various stills from the movie and a video interview with Julianne Moore, who makes her debut in the franchise. Woody Harrelson reprises his role as the one-off mentor Haymitch Abernathy. 

In the film, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the reluctant leader of a rebellion against the Capitol, struggling with trust and the loyalties of those around her. 

Francis Lawrence has also revealed that the stress surrounding Katniss is "ratcheted up". 

"She's barely able to hold it together," he said. "That's compounded by the fact that she is now really distrustful of everybody around her... She's very, very fragile and very, very angry."