A new report surfaces stating that the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently looking to recast Amber Heard’s role as Mera. Just Jared reports that an outsider told the outlet that, "Warner Bros. decided to recast Amber Heard's role after screentesting the movie. They are going to be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman."
As of now, there’s not a lot of information to go along with the report, but there have been a lot of rumors from fans and scoopers that Warner Bros. would look to replace Heard after her public court case with Johnny Depp. The report also states that the role of Mera would be played by the new actress in any future DC Films projects.
Following the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, "#boycottaquaman2" started to trend on social media as several supporters of Depp urged Warner Bros. to look for another actress to play Mera in Aquaman 2. Peter Safran, WB producer, released a statement stating that the studio is backing Amber Heard in Aquaman 2, despite the major pressure of the fans to have her removed from the film.
Earlier this month, Johnny Depp whom the court case against Amber Heard after he sued her in Virginia for $50 million, stating that he was being defamed after Heard released an op-ed for The Washington Post where she described herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." Heard then countersued for $100 million while also claiming that she was the one being defamed.
During the court case, Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada testified and discussed how the Aquaman franchise fit into it. "They didn't have a lot of chemistry together," Hamada testified regarding the Amber Heard and Jason Momoa. "The reality is it's not uncommon on movies for two leads to not have chemistry and it's sort of movie magic and editorial — the ability to put performances with the magic of a great score and how you put the pieces together, you can fabricate that chemistry."
"At the end of the day when you watch the movie, it looks like they have great chemistry. But I just know that through the course of postproduction, it took a lot of effort to get there," Hamada added. "Sometimes you just put characters together on the screen and they work. It's like what makes a movie star a movie star. You know it when you see it. The chemistry wasn't there … This one was more difficult because of lack of chemistry between the two."
Shortly after losing her case against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard released a statement which you can read below.
"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband," Heard wrote in her statement. "I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously."
"I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK," Heard added. "I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American —to speak freely and openly."
The Blast reached out to Amber Heard for her comment about the new report from Just Jared stating that Warner Bros. is looking to replace Mera in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Her spokesperson stated: "The rumor mill continues as it has from day one — inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane."
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to be released on March 17, 2023.