UPDATE: The folks at JustJared.com have just updated their story, saying that sources close to the Aquaman production are disputing the report. “Amber has not been completely cut from the film. She still has a small role,” according to the anonymous source. The original story follows…
A new report claims that Amber Heard has been cut from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, with Warner Bros. recasting the role of Mera for future DC Films projects.
Earlier this month, Johnny Depp won his high-profile court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard, following a six-week trial in Fairfax County, Virginia. A seven-person jury found that Heard defamed Depp when she wrote an opinion piece claiming she was a victim of domestic abuse but the Aquaman star also won on one count of her countersuit. Jury members awarded Depp a total of $15 million in damages, which was cut down to $10.35 million due to Virginia law, while Heard received $2 million.
Is Amber Heard leaving the Aquaman series?
Now, JustJared.com reports that Amber Heard is being removed from the final cut of the James Wan-directed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. According to the site, Warner Bros. is also recasting the role of Mera for future on-screen appearances, following her most recent one in Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max.
During the trial, Amber Heard claimed that her Aquaman 2 role was “pared down” as a result of her legal battles with Johnny Depp. DC Films chief Walter Hamada later debunked Heard’s claims but revealed that there were concerns regarding her chemistry with Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman.
“They didn’t have a lot of chemistry together,” Hamada said at the time of the trial. “The reality is it’s not uncommon on movies for two leads to not have chemistry and it’s sort of movie magic and editorial… with the magic of a great score, and how you put the pieces together, you can fabricate that chemistry… [It] took a lot of effort to get there.”
The defamation trial was broadcast live on Court TV. The trial was also being live-streamed on Court TV’s website, though it was not available on any other online or streaming platforms.
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