After a brutal six-week defamation trial, the jury ultimately decided that Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp on three counts after deliberating for just 13 hours. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages (capped at $350,000). Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. However, even before the jury declared their verdict, supporters of Johnny Depp had already decided on a punishment for Heard, which was for her to get fired from Aquaman 2. Well, it looks like these fans’ wishes are finally coming true. Here are the specifics:
Amber Heard completely removed from Aquaman 2:
A close source to Just Jared has revealed that after screen testing the film, Warner Bros. has now chosen to replace Amber Heard’s character. “They are going to be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman,” the spokesperson revealed, adding that the new actress will portray Mera in Aquaman 2 and any subsequent DC pictures. The release date for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is presently slated for March 17, 2023. The first trailer for the film was published earlier this year, and it features Jason in the lead role.
Update: According to sources close to the Aquaman production: “Amber has not been completely cut from the film. She still has a small role”. However, other reports continue to claim that Amber will be recast. Stay tuned for the final decision.
Fan reactions to the new Aquaman-Amber Heard update:
The biggest irritant for fans right now is Warner Bros.’s indecisiveness on the Amber Heard situation. Heard’s standing in the film has shifted dramatically, from having less screen time to having more screen time to being totally deleted. @DayvonR64 on Twitter rightly said, “So what is it? Did they cut her screentime? Readded her screentime? Or straight-up replace her? At this point, I feel like these are all just rumors to trick people to go see the movie just to see which rumor is true. To avoid any confusion, one social media user named David Wiltshire Jr. has stated that he will wait for an official declaration from Warner Bros. before believing anything else, while another one spoke along similar lines stating, “So they keep saying ….are they finally getting tired of the can of worms hashtags that follow amber heard poo scent. Every time she says ahhh or Aquaman 2 trends. This is 2nd time they throw rumors out to see responses. I’ll wait for confirmation from moviegoers”.