Actor Johnny Depp recently won the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Although the jury did find Johnny Depp responsible for having defamed Amber Heard via his attorney, the majority of the verdict went in favor of Johnny Depp. As such, fans are now wondering if Heard will be removed from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. A petition has been circulating online with several million signatures, so between that and the jury’s verdict, it would certainly make sense if Warner Bros decided to remove her. Especially after the backlash they’ve received for having removed Johnny Depp from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Now a new rumor suggests that Amber Heard has indeed been removed from Aquaman 2.
It was previously reported that Amber Heard’s role in the film was cut down to less than ten minutes of screen time. But now that the recent trial has gone in Johnny Depp’s favor, it appears that all of her screen time has been removed. This rumor comes from KC Walsh, who further guessed that Amber Heard’s character Mera would die during childbirth in the film’s opening.
As he stated:
It’s worth noting that shooting for the film has already been completed. But given that there’s nearly a year until it hits theaters, there’s more than enough time for alterations. As such, it does seem very likely that Warner Bros is able to cleanly remove Amber Heard from the film’s narrative completely. Especially with the aforementioned petition gaining more signatures by the day. We should have more concrete details soon if that’s the case. As such, stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates as we have them.
James Wan, director of the first Aquaman film, returned to direct this installment from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. He co-wrote the first Aquaman film alongside Will Beall and James Wan.
The film will once again star actor Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, Aquaman. The cast also includes Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
Audiences can currently expect Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to be released early next year on March 17, 2023.