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Amber Heard is responding to a report that she has been kicked out of aquaman and the lost kingdom.
On Tuesday, Just Jared published a story claiming that sources told the outlet that Heard “would be cut” from the already-filmed sequel, which hits theaters in March 2023.
“The rumors continue as they have from day one: inaccurate, insensitive, and a little crazy,” a Heard spokesperson tells PEOPLE in response to the report.
A representative for Warner Bros., the film’s studio, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The story comes two weeks after the verdict was read in the libel trial between Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Earlier this month, a seven-person jury reached a verdict in the trial that began on April 11 in Fairfax County, Virginia, deciding that Depp, 59, proved that Heard defamed him in a newspaper article. opinion of 2018. (The Edward Scissorhands The actor has maintained that he never assaulted Heard and claimed that she physically hurt him.)
The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, but Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to a Virginia law that limits punitive damages (the amount was reduced by the judge). In her countersuit, Heard won one of three counts of defamation and was awarded $2 million in damages.
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Heard was first cast as Mera, the princess of the underwater kingdom Xebel, in 2017. League of Justiceand reprized his role in the original aquaman Next year.
During the libel trial, her talent agent, Jessica Kovacevic of WME, virtually testified that she was told Heard was given a smaller role in the upcoming sequel due to her “lack of chemistry” with co-star Jason Momoa, who is directing the film. .
Kovacevic also told the court that there were no “raised performance issues” with Heard’s. aquaman role; instead, to his knowledge, the actress “proved extremely well” for the film.
During the trial, Heard’s role in the aquaman The films appeared several times. Depp claimed that she played a part in getting her cast after she auditioned, making a phone call to Warner Bros. executives to seal the deal. She denied this, saying that she “fought very hard” to return for the sequel when “they didn’t want to include me in the movie”.
“They gave me a script and then they gave me new versions of the script that had taken out scenes that had action, that showed my character and another character, without giving away any spoilers, two characters fighting each other, and they basically took a lot of my role. They just cut out a bunch,” Heard testified of the sequel’s script, adding that her role was “very much reduced.”
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While she and her talent agent surmised that Depp controversies played a role in the reduced role, DC Films president Walter Hamada testified on Depp’s behalf, saying the studio had “concerns” about on-screen chemistry. of Heard with Momoa, 42 years old. He even considered recasting her role at one point, he said.
“The character’s involvement in the story was what it was from the beginning,” Hamada, 54, said of Mera’s importance in the upcoming “buddy comedy” sequel, which mainly follows “co-stars” Momoa and Patrick Wilson.
Dolph Lundgren, who played King Nereus in aquaman and reprises her role in the sequel, she recently recalled that Heard was “fantastic” on both sets.
“I had a great experience with her. She was very nice, nice to the team, nice to everyone. Just down to earth,” Lundgren, 64, said via Instagram Live.
She also recalled that Heard brought her daughter Oonagh, whom she welcomed in April 2021, on set with her: “She has a baby now, a newborn baby, so she had the baby with her on set with a nanny, which is pretty cute.”