Some sources have reported that Amber Heard’s role will be recast in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, but a spokesperson for Heard has denied it.
It’s been just over a week since the Depp/Heard defamation trial came to an end. Amber Heard lost her case and was ordered to pay $10 million in damages to ex-husband Johnny Depp. Depp accused Heard of defaming him in her op-ed in The Washington Post in which she called herself a victim of domestic abuse. Heard did not name Depp in the article, which is still up on The Washington Post website.
Depp was famously replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and many have called for Heard to also be replaced in the Aquaman sequel. Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom wrapped up filming in January, according to director James Wan’s Instagram post.
JustJared reported yesterday that Amber Heard had completely been cut from the film and her role of Mera would be recast and reshot, but Heard’s team have strictly denied this. A spokesperson for Heard told Variety: “The rumor mill continues as it has from day one — inaccurate, insensitive and slightly insane.”
In court, Heard spoke of her role in the sequel being seriously diminished following the allegations and the trial, having had to fight to keep her role. DC Films’ President Walter Hamada said during his deposition that they had considered recasting Heard’s role, due to lack of chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa.
JustJared has since updated their story to say that insiders are now telling them, Heard has not been completely recast and she still has a small role in the film. Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is set to premiere March 17, 2023. Warner Bros hasn’t officially commented on the matter.