The extremely anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie “Aquaman” is already garnering loads of buzz from followers of the film and the overall media — not just for shirtless Jason Momoa or the storyline, nonetheless. “Aquaman and The Misplaced Kingdom,” has been within the works for the reason that overwhelming success of the primary movie in 2018, however a serious court docket battle involving Amber Heard, who appeared in “Aquaman” because the highly effective Princess Mera (the love curiosity of Aquaman), and Johnny Depp has many questioning about her future within the movie, which is ready to launch in 2023.
Why Are Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Suing Every Different?
On the time of “Aquaman”‘s launch in December 2018, Heard and Depp had just lately wrapped up their extremely publicized divorce proceedings. By all accounts, the connection was unstable. When Heard filed for divorce in 2016, she filed a brief restraining order in opposition to Depp, claiming he had been abusive towards her all through their relationship. She then authored a Washington Submit op-ed titled “I spoke up in opposition to sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to alter,” printed days earlier than “Aquaman”‘s December 2018 launch. Although Disney didn’t cite the op-ed or Heard’s accusations as the rationale, the studio dropped Depp from their main franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean” shortly after the op-ed’s launch. Depp then sued Heard for defamation, accusing her of inflicting his profession irreparable hurt by implicating him as her home abuser within the essay (Depp claims he by no means bodily abused Heard). Heard countersued, claiming Depp and his authorized group defamed her by calling her abuse claims a “hoax.”
The continued trial kicked off in mid-April, with each Depp and Heard bringing proof, together with audio of their unstable fights on the time of their relationship, as proof. The proof paints a polarizing image, inflicting some following the trial to accuse Heard of home abuse as effectively and demanding her removing from the “Aquaman” franchise.
What Is Amber Heard’s Function in “Aquaman 2”?
In the middle of Heard’s countersuit for defamation in opposition to Depp, leisure business guide Catherine Arnold revealed what the extent of Heard’s function in “Aquaman 2” as soon as was (in response to Heard). All through her testimony, Arnold claimed Heard revealed the primary model of the script noticed Mera, in a “sturdy romantic arc” all through the complete movie. “She additionally obtained to do some nice motion sequences on the finish of that storyline and that script. So she was featured predominantly all through the script of ‘Aquaman 2’ when she first learn it,” Arnold testified in court docket (by way of Cosmic E-book).
In keeping with Arnold’s testimony, Heard claimed her function was considerably decreased amid the controversy surrounding her and Depp’s authorized battle. “When she obtained the script, it was pared down from the primary script, dramatically, they’d her within the hospital within the first a part of the film referred to as Act 1, they’d her within the hospital, then they stunning a lot had her within the hospital, then she was going to do that motion sequence in the long run,” Arnold defined. “She educated 5 hours a day for a number of months with a coach to do that massive motion sequence, after which when she obtained to set . . . this massive motion sequence she was going to do on the finish of the film within the third act was lower out they usually took it away from her. So it was radically decreased within the script from what it was . . .”
At one level, Arnold made point out of Mera being within the hospital and having a child, however it’s unclear if this side of the script will likely be within the remaining lower. Arnold testified she has not seen the ultimate film.
Will Amber Heard Be in “Aquaman and The Misplaced Kingdom”?
Manufacturing for “Aquaman and The Misplaced Kingdom” began in June 2021 and completed manufacturing in January 2022, with Heard on board to reprise her function as Mera. Through the starting phases of manufacturing, rising outrage over Heard’s look within the movie grew, with many following the authorized proceedings between Depp and Heard exhibiting disappointment with the choice to maintain her within the forged. The movie’s producer, Peter Safran, responded to the growing strain to fireplace Heard in July 2021, telling Deadline, “One isn’t unaware of what’s going on within the Twitter-verse, however that does not imply you need to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their needs. You must do what’s proper for the movie, and that is actually the place we landed on it.”
Whereas Safran and the remainder of the movie’s crew appeared to stay unfazed by the general public’s perspective on the Heard/Depp allegations of abuse, disapproval of their resolution grew in quantity. A Change.org petition, which was initially began in 2020, is asking for Heard to be faraway from the movie for her alleged abusive conduct towards Depp whereas the pair have been married. The petition has reached over three million signatures.
The producers of “Aquaman and The Misplaced Kingdom,” together with Peter Safran, have but to deal with the petition, or Heard’s involvement within the movie for the reason that begin of the defamation trial. Rumors of her display screen time within the movie have been circulating, nonetheless. On April 30, 2022, TMZ reported the actor can have lower than 10 minutes of display screen time within the sequel, although the report has not been confirmed by anybody with direct ties to the movie. As well as, a connection between Heard’s alleged display screen time and the continued trial has not been established, so even whether it is true, it might not have something to do with the continued trial.
At present, it seems Heard will stay in “Aquaman and The Misplaced Kingdom,” whether or not for simply 10 minutes or longer, when the film hits theaters on March 17, 2023.