Johnny Depp Explains How He Helped Amber Heard Land ‘Aquaman’ Role

Heard notably broke Australian law by bringing her pet dogs to the country in 2015.

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Johnny Depp explained his role in getting Amber Heard cast as Mera in Aquaman.

On Wednesday, Johnny Depp took the stand once again in his case against Amber Heard. During the trial, a lot of details surrounding Heard’s future as Mera has been revealed, but we’ve now learned how Depp might’ve played a role in the actress starring in Aquaman at the start.

Interviewer: “What do you understand happened after Ms. Heard auditioned for Aquaman?”

Depp: “After Ms. Heard’s audition, or possibly auditions, for Warner Bros. and, I suppose, the creative team, Ms. Heard expressed to me that… Warner Bros. had that said that the film was going to be shooting in Australia. And Australia was a, for Ms. Heard, that was a potential problem…”


Johnny Depp To The Rescue?

Amber Heard first appeared as Mera in Justice League before reprising the role in Aquaman. Justice League was filmed in the United Kingdom, but Aquaman was going to shoot in Australia, which put Heard’s involvement in jeopardy and lead to the actress looking for help from Johnny Depp.

The issue was due to Amber Heard breaking Australian law for bringing her pet dogs to the country in 2015. Johnny Depp went on to reveal that he allegedly made a call to top Warner Bros. brass that might’ve secured the Mera role for Heard:

Interviewer: “…What happened after Ms. Heard auditioned for Aquaman?”

Depp: “I was informed by Ms. Heard that the film was going to be shooting in Australia and that was of concern to her because… it was of concern to Warner Bros. So she asked if I would, because… for a few years I had had a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. so we’d been in business together so I knew these people. I’d been on films with them… She asked me if I would speak to them. I made a phone call and I spoke to… the three upper echelon… Warner executives, Kevin Sujihara, Sue Kroll, and Greg [Silverman].”

Interviewer: “What was the result of you speaking those individuals?”

Depp: “I can only say that ultimately she did get the job in the film, so hopefully I supposeI had curbed their worries to some degree.”

Amber Heard recently reprised her role as Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Here is the upcoming film’s synopsis:

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 March 17, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Amber Heard in the upcoming DC sequel, the ongoing Johnny Depp case, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.