8 Popular Movies That Hit the Big Screen After a Lead Actor Passed Away
Fans are still in mourning after the shocking shooting and killing of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie on June 10, 2016. She was so young, so beautiful… and all her potential was taken away due to a senseless act of violence.
But, fans are still looking forward to plenty from the YouTube phenomenon. Not only will new music videos be debuting in the coming months, but there’s also a never-before-seen film in the works. Yes, last year, CG filmed The Matchbreaker, and it’s scheduled to be released later this year. While it’s no replacement for the brunette star, it’ll offer some solace for her loved ones.
That’s exactly what happened after Cory Monteith died 3 years ago. The Glee actor passed away from a drug overdose on July 13, 2013, 8 months before the release of his film, McCanick, debuted. It wasn’t a popular film by any means, but it was… something, you know? These projects were quite similar in that sense. Here are eight popular movies that hit the big screen after a lead actor passed away:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
The Jennifer Lawrence-led franchise was on the receiving end of a shocking blow when Philip Seymour Hoffman unexpectedly passed away from a drug overdose on February 2, 2014.
The Oscar-winning actor, who portrayed Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, starting in 2013's Catching Fire, was reportedly only 7 days away from wrapping up his shooting schedule when news broke.
Rather than replace the actor come Mockingjay — Part 2, creators used the footage they had, along with CGI, for PSH's scenes.
Mockingjay — Part 1 was released in November 2014; the last film was released a year later.