In 2020, Amber Heard lost a defamation lawsuit to her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Depp had sued Heard for defamation after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she alleged that she had been abused by an unnamed partner. Heard denied that she was referring to Depp in the op-ed, but the jury found that she had defamed him and awarded him $10 million in damages.
Following the verdict, some fans of Johnny Depp began calling for a boycott of Aquaman 2, in which Heard reprises her role as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest. Fans argued that Heard should be removed from the film because she is a proven abuser.
The boycott campaign gained momentum in 2022 when a petition to remove Heard from Aquaman 2 reached over 4.5 million signatures. The petition argued that Heard’s presence in the film would be “harmful and disrespectful” to victims of domestic abuse.
Aquaman 2 trailer: Does Amber Heard appear in the trailer?
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The first trailer for Aquaman 2 was released in March 2023. The trailer features Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Orm the Ocean Master, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. However, Amber Heard does not appear in the trailer.
Some fans have speculated that Heard’s role in the film has been cut down or removed altogether. However, Warner Bros. has not confirmed or denied these reports.
Who is replacing Amber Heard in Aquaman 2?
As of September 2023, it is not known who is replacing Amber Heard in Aquaman 2. Warner Bros. has not announced any casting changes.
However, some fans have suggested that Emilia Clarke or Emma Watson could replace Heard in the role of Mera. Both actresses have expressed interest in playing the role in the past.
Amber Heard’s involvement in Aquaman 2: A timeline of events
Here is a timeline of Amber Heard’s involvement in Aquaman 2:
- 2017: Aquaman is released in theaters and is a critical and commercial success. Heard is praised for her performance as Mera.
- 2018: Heard writes an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she alleges that she has been abused by an unnamed partner.
- 2019: Johnny Depp sues Heard for defamation.
- 2020: Heard loses the defamation lawsuit to Depp.
- 2021: Aquaman 2 begins filming.
- 2022: A petition to remove Heard from Aquaman 2 reaches over 4.5 million signatures.
- 2023: The first trailer for Aquaman 2 is released, but Heard does not appear in it.
The future of Amber Heard’s career in Hollywood: What impact will the boycott have?
It is unclear how the boycott will impact Amber Heard’s career in Hollywood. She has already lost a major role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and it is possible that other studios will be hesitant to cast her in future films.
However, Heard also has a number of loyal fans who support her. It is possible that she will be able to find work in smaller films or independent projects.
The controversy surrounding Amber Heard’s involvement in Aquaman 2 is likely to continue until the film is released in theaters in December 2023. It remains to be seen whether the boycott will have a significant impact on the film’s box office performance.