An expert witness appears to have let slip some secrets from an early version of the Aquaman 2 script during testifying in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.
A defamation action against Depp and his legal team for calling actress Amber Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse untrue has led to a $100 million countersuit by Heard, who claims Depp and his legal team have falsely defamed her while the former couple is in court for Depp’s $50 million case.
On Monday, entertainment industry analyst Kathryn Arnold took the testimony to describe the damage Heard’s team alleges Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, did to Heard’s career when he accused the actress of arranging a “abuse fake” against Depp in a 2020 interview with the Daily Mail.
According to the defence, Heard nearly lost her role in Aquaman 2 because of the harm she caused. While she was able to maintain the part, Heard previously testified that she appeared in a “very pared-down version” of the original Mera plot.
“They pulled a chunk out of my part,” Heard said during her testimony regarding the impending sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, but Arnold went farther when recounting what Heard had told her about changes to an early draught.
With the first act or something to do with a baby, I assume she was hurt,” Arnold said in her testimony. In the books, Aquaman (played in the film by Jason Momoa) and Queen Mera are married and have a son, Arthur Curry, Jr. (nicknamed, yep, Aquababy) (nicknamed, yes, Aquababy). To yet, there is no sign of Aquaman and Mera exchanging wedding vows on the big screen.
Because she hasn’t seen any draughts of the screenplay, Arnold explains that Mera “ends up in the hospital early in this new Aquaman 2 movie and doesn’t really come out until the end to kind of finish things up.” Arnold says she is relying only on what Heard told her. Additionally, “All of his character’s exchanges with Momoa and obviously the action parts have been removed,” she said.
When she got on the set, Arnold complained that Heard had been training for months and didn’t know that her role had been reduced until she arrived. “So [her role] was significantly reduced from what it was in the screenplay and what she even prepared for when she was preparing for the movie,” Arnold remarked.
It was previously reported that Warner Bros. cited a lack of “chemistry” between Heard and Momoa as the cause for Heard’s possible recasting. Heard’s dismissal was poor publicity, according to Kovacevic, who argued that Warner Bros. sought to replace Heard because of that bad publicity. EW’s request for comment from Warner Bros. was not immediately returned by the studio.
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