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Amber Heard has denied being “cut” from “Aquaman 2” and called the revamped claims “slightly crazy” after reports surfaced that she had exited the Warner Bros. film. after Johnny Depp’s libel trial.
“The rumor mill continues as it has since day one – inaccurate, insensitive and slightly insane,” Heard’s rep told Fox News Digital.
Heard portrayed “Mera” in the film, working alongside Jason Momoa, Dolph Lundgren, and Willem Dafoe. The second movie, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” is slated for release in 2023.
“Warner Bros. decided to recast the role of Amber Heard after testing the film on screen. They will be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman,” sources told Just Jared.
An insider later revealed to the publication, “Amber hasn’t been completely cut from the film. She still has a very small role.”
A representative from Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Depp was awarded $10.35million in damages after a jury found Heard defamed Depp on all counts following a nearly seven-week trial in Virginia amid allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star initially demanded a $50 million payout, and Heard sued for $100 million in damages.
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Walter Hamada said in a pre-recorded deposition played for jurors in the defamation trial that Heard and Momoa were not a good match, while Heard testified that his role had been ‘reduced’ due to his public battle with Depp .
“They didn’t really have a lot of chemistry together,” Hamada said in a tape recorded March 15, 2022. “I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was concern that it takes a lot of effort to get there.”
There was a delay in recasting Mera’s role in “Aquaman 2” and Heard replacement discussion with an actress who had more “natural chemistry” with Momoa, he said, but the studio decided to move forward with Heard.
“Does his role [in ‘Aquaman 2’] already reduced for any reason?” Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, asked Hamada.
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“No,” he answered.
Hamada, president of DC-based film production, said the film was billed as a “buddy comedy” between Momoa and her friend played by actor Patrick Wilson, and that Mera’s role was still intended to be underage. .
Hamada was called by Johnny Depp’s legal team as a rebuttal witness to undermine Heard’s claim that her role in “Aquaman 2” was reduced after Depp allegedly conspired with her attorney to defame her in a series of press statements.
Heard lost the defamation case, but was awarded $2 million in her countersuit after jurors found that Depp defamed her through her attorney.
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She broke her silence for the first time after the verdict on Tuesday during an interview with Savannah Guthrie on ‘Today’, when she insisted on respecting ‘every word’ of her testimony throughout the trial until on his “last day”.
Heard said the case was about “the freedom to speak truth to power.” Guthrie said whether she had been truthful was what was disputed.
“That’s all I said, and I said it to power and I paid the price,” Heard said.
She denounced the public nature of the proceedings, which were broadcast live on countless networks and saw fans around the world line up outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp arriving at the proceedings blasting music from his SUV. On Twitter and TikTok, Heard has been ridiculed relentlessly.
“The vast majority of this trial took place on social media,” she said. “I think this trial is an example of what went off the rails, went crazy, and the jury is not immune to that…I think even for the most well-meaning juror, it would have been impossible to avoid this.”
Heard added: “I saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, full of energy. It was the most humiliating and horrible thing I have ever experienced. I I have never felt further removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”
Guthrie said many people were “disgusted” with the whole show and had little sympathy for either party.
“I wouldn’t blame the average person for watching this and how it was covered and not thinking these are Hollywood kids at their worst,” she said.
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Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg and Larry Fink contributed to this report.
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