The ongoing defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard just entered its sixth week on Monday, with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom star Amber Heard remaining on the court stand answering questions from Depp’s attorneys as well as her own attorneys during cross-examination.
It was during her time on the stand that Heard said that her role in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was reduced heavily from what it originally was. She also revealed that Warner Brothers wanted to remove her from the film entirely, but said that she “fought hard” to remain in the film.
"I fought really hard to stay in the movie. They didn't want to include me in the film," (via The Direct). After Heard was asked if she was able to film several scenes as Mera for the film, she responded, "A very pared down version of that role, yes."
The lawyer then asked her what was changed in the film scripts as her legal battles against Depp continued, to which she reveals that the studio chose to "removed a bunch" of scenes her character Mera, was supposed to appear.
"I was given a script," Heard continued. "Then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it, that depicted my character and another character, without giving any spoilers away. Two characters fighting with one another. They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch.” Heard also claimed that she “couldn’t re-negotiate my contract” when she was asked about her salary for the role.
Depp’s attorney’s then started cross-examining Heard Monday afternoon. Heard was cross-examined and confirmed that she is yet to pay the $7 million she pledged from her divorce settlement from Depp. The closing arguments aren’t expected to begin until May 27th, which will then be followed by jury deliberations. Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for $50 million in damages, alleging that she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
You can check out Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’s synopsis below.
"Action Adventure. When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation," the description reads. In addition to Momoa and Patrick Wilson, the movie will also feature the return of Amber Heard (Mera), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (David Kane/Black Manta). Randall Park (Dr. Stephen Shin), and Temuera Morrison (Tom Curry). Newcomers to the cast include Jani Zhao (Sentimentos), Indya Moore (Pose), and Vincent Regan (300)."
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to be released in theaters on March 17, 2023.