A spokesperson for Amber Heard has denied reports that the actor has been cut from the Aquaman sequel, following the very public defamation lawsuit filed against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Heard was set to reprise her role as Aquaman’s love interest Mera in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie. But on Tuesday, an anonymous “insider” told gossip website Just Jared that the role had been recast.
“Warner Bros. has decided to recast the role of Amber Heard after testing the film. They will be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman,” they said.
In a statement to Variety on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Heard denied the report and said, “The rumor mill continues as it has since day one – inaccurate, insensitive and slightly insane.”
Just Jared later updated her story to say that sources close to the production told them she was “not completely cut from the film.” She still has a small role. However, he insisted that other sources still maintained that Mera was undergoing a complete overhaul.
Heard previously played Mera in the first Aquaman movie and in Justice League. During the defamation lawsuit, Heard alleged that she had to “fight very hard” to keep the role, due to the negative publicity of Depp’s abuse allegations against her.
She told the court that she was given a new version of the script for the sequel that removed a fight scene, resulting in a “very stripped down version” of her role.
During the lawsuit, DC Films chief Walter Hamada confirmed that the studio briefly considered recasting Heard’s character in the sequel – not because of the abuse allegations, but because of a lack of chemistry between Heard and Momoa, who pays Aquaman. Hamada denied that the studio had reduced its role in the sequel.
Heard and Depp’s careers are in doubt following the high-profile lawsuit which sparked a storm of comments on social media. Depp had sued Heard over a 2018 Washington Post column which he said implied he had been violent towards her, although he was not named in the article.
Earlier this month, Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages, after the jury ruled his reputation had been tarnished. Depp was ordered to pay Heard $2 million after claiming that a Depp publicist defamed her by calling her allegations an “abuse hoax”.
In a preview of an interview that will air on NBC in the US this week, Heard said she felt she was treated unfairly on social media during the trial. The TikTok hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp has had nearly 20 billion views while #justiceforamberheard has racked up around 80 million.
“I don’t care what anyone thinks of me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors,” she said. declared. “I don’t assume the average person should know these things. And so I don’t take it personally.
“But even someone who is sure that I deserve all this hate and vitriol, even if you think I’m lying, you still can’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media he there was a fair representation. You can’t tell me that you think it was fair.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to release worldwide in March 2023.