AceShowbiz - Amber Heard has denied reports her role has been cut from "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom". The 36-year-old actress was, according to reports, to have her $2 million (£1.7 million) role in the sequel recast.
The report from Just Jared came hours after Heard repeated her allegations of abuse against ex-husband Johnny Depp, despite being found guilty of defamation for accusing him of sexual assault. Heard's team, however, told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, June 14, it was untrue. A spokesperson said, "The rumor mill continues as it has from day one - inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane."
Just Jared had reported that Heard, who has already completed filming on the sequel to the 2018 sci-fi movie in which she starred alongside 42-year-old Jason Momoa and 54-year-old Nicole Kidman, was officially dropped from the cast after Warner Bros "screen-tested the movie."
They were said to have become concerned about the feedback for the film, due out in December, and concluded Heard's scenes should be re-shot with another actress. The website claimed, "Warner Bros. decided to recast Amber Heard's role after screen-testing the movie." A source claimed to the website, "They are going to be doing re-shoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman."
An online petition to get Heard dropped from the sequel was also started towards the end of the legal proceedings, attracting almost five million signatures in a matter of weeks.
During Heard and Depp's bitter six-week defamation trial Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada testified producers had already considered recasting the actress over concerns about her lack of "natural chemistry" with Momoa. He added in court producers had to "fabricate" a connection between the actors.
Hamada also said the delayed announcing Heard's role in the sequel for weeks due to "conversations about recasting." He said about Heard and Momoa on screen, "Editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the movie. There was a concern it took a lot of effort to get there."
Heard again publicly accused her ex-husband Depp of physical abuse, which he strongly denies, during an interview with the "Today" show. She insisted she will "stand by every word of her testimony" until the day she dies.
Heard also accused jurors in the trial of being tricked by Depp due to him being a "fantastic actor," after her "Pirates of the Caribbean" star ex's lawyer accused the accused of putting on a "performance" during her testimony.