With a fan petition to remove Amber Heard as Mera from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom gaining traction, a new concept design imagines Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke in the role.
Amber Heard was originally cast as Mera for 2017’s Justice League and went on to reprise the role in James Wan’s Aquaman the following year. While the film gained high praise, many fans wondered whether DC would recast Heard’s role in the sequel, given ongoing legal troubles and allegations of abuse made against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp. The issue has recently been reignited as the former couple have been engaged in a lengthy, highly publicised defamation trial regarding allegations of abuse on both sides.
Fans have been petitioning for Amber Heard to be removed from the Aquaman sequel in light of the allegations made in the trial. While it seems unlikely she will be removed at this late a stage, the debate has produced several ideas from fans on who DC should cast to replace Heard as Mera. One popular suggestion is Emilia Clarke.
Emilia Clarke certainly has the credentials for the role of Mera, the Atlantean princess and Aquaman’s love interest. Not only is she an incredibly talented actress who already has experience in working on major franchises – in addition to Game of Thrones, she appeared in Star Wars spinoff Solo – but in early seasons of Game of Thrones her character, Daenerys, was the bride of Khal Drogo, played by Aquaman actor Jason Momoa. Check out the concept design by artist “diamonddead” below, showing what Clarke could look like as Mera:
Currently, no official plans have been announced to recast Mera, who will next be seen in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in 2023. Should Amber Heard’s casting in the role ever be reconsidered by DC though, Emilia Clarke would certainly be a worthy contender for the title. With next year’s The Flash expected to shake up the DCEU, it’s possible roles such as Mera could be recast going forward.
Here is the synopsis for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom:
When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.
Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on December 16, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Patrick Wilson’s Orm in the upcoming DC sequel, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.