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Amber Heard denied being “cut” from “Aquaman 2” and called recasting claims “slightly insane” after reports surfaced she was out of the Warner Bros. film following the Johnny Depp defamation trial.
“The rumor mill continues as it has from day one — inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane,” Heard’s representative told Fox News Digital.
Heard portrayed “Mera” in the film, working alongside Jason Momoa, Dolph Lundgren and Willem Dafoe. The second film, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” is set to be released in 2023.
“Warner Bros. decided to recast Amber Heard’s role after screen testing the movie. They are going to be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman,” sources told Just Jared.
An insider later revealed to the publication: “Amber has not been completely cut from the film. She still has a very small role.”
A rep for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Depp was awarded $10.35 million in damages after a jury declared 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 sought a $50 million payout, and Heard counter sued for $100 million in damages.
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Walter Hamada said in a pre-taped deposition played for jurors during the defamation trial that Heard and Momoa were not a good match, while Heard had testified her role was “pared down” due to her public battle with Depp.
“They didn’t really have a lot of chemistry together,” Hamada said in a tape recorded on March 15, 2022. “I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was concern that it took a lot of effort to get there.”
There was a delay recasting the part of Mera in “Aquaman 2” and discussion of replacing Heard with an actress who had more “natural chemistry” with Momoa, he said, but the studio decided to move forward with Heard.
“Was her role [in ‘Aquaman 2’] ever reduced for any reason?” Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew asked Hamada.
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“No,” he replied.
Hamada, president of DC-based film production, said the movie was pitched as a “buddy comedy” between Momoa and his friend played by actor Patrick Wilson, and the part of Mera was always intended to be minor.
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 his lawyer to defame her in a series of statements made to the press.
Heard lost the defamation case, but was awarded $2 million in her countersuit as jurors found that Depp defamed her through his attorney.
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She broke her silence for the first time post-verdict on Tuesday during an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, when she insisted on standing by the “every word” of her testimony throughout the trial until her “dying day.”
Heard said the case was about “the freedom to speak truth to power.” Guthrie stated whether she had been truthful was what was being disputed.
“That’s all I spoke, and I spoke it to power and I paid the price,” Heard said.
She decried the public nature of the proceedings, which was live-streamed on countless networks and saw fans from around the world lining up outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp arriving at the proceedings blasting music from his SUV. On Twitter and TikTok, Heard was relentlessly ridiculed.
“The vast majority of this trial was played out on social media,” she said. “I think that this trial is an example of that gone haywire, that gone amok, and the jury is not immune to that… I think even for the most well-intentioned jurar, it would have been impossible to avoid this.”
Heard added: “I saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized. This was the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve never felt more removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.”
Guthrie said many people were “disgusted” by the whole spectacle and had little sympathy for either side.
“I would not blame the average person for looking at this and how it’s been covered and not think that it is Hollywood brats at their worst,” she said.
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Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg and Larry Fink contributed to this report.