AceShowbiz - Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial was undoubtedly one of the biggest public spectacles this year and it's about to get the spotlight again. The trial is turned into a movie for Tubi, which has released the first trial of "Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial".
Mark Hapka ("Parallels") and Megan Davis ("Alone in the Dark") portray the warring exes in the film. The 1-minute video includes highlights from the trial, including Depp's courtroom nonchalance, the intense scrutiny of Heard on social media and the reference to James Franco, who was included on Heard's witness list but never called to testify.
"It's day one of the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial; though fans are showing support for both sides, there's clearly a favorite here," a reporter says in the trailer, referencing the Depp devotees who traveled from far and wide to attend the hearings and camp outside the courtroom.
Also starring in the film are Melissa Marty ("Station 19") as Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez and Mary Carrig ("Law & Order True Crime") as Heard's lawyer Elaine Bredehoft. The film was written by Guy Nicolucci ("The Daily Show"), directed by Sara Lohman ("Secrets in the Woods"), and executive produced by Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew. Autumn Federici and Kristifor Cvijetic serve as producers under their The Ninth House banner.
"Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial" is set to be released on September 30 on Tubi, but not all are excited to see the movie. While the trailer has generated mixed reactions, most fans questioned whether it's necessary to turn the trial into a movie this soon.
"The only hot take here is the fact I'd rather re-watch six weeks of free, raw court footage than any money-milking, dramatized college project," one doubtful fan commented on the trailer. Another wrote, "c'mon, we have all just seen the original less than 6 months ago, who needs a remake."
A third weighed in, "The movie nobody thought they needed and... they'd be right," as someone else joked, "Can't wait for the anime version to come out." Another person already judged the movie based on the trailer as claiming, "This. Looks. Abysmal."
There were a few who praised the actors though, with one saying, "Say whatever you want about this but that guy nailed Johnny's voice." Another penned while bashing Heard, "Still better acting than what Amber could manage when testifying." Someone else agreed as noting, "I'm going to wait for the inevitable Ryan Murphy take on this 'American Crime: Poopgate'. I'll say one thing though, the woman playing Amber sounds exactly like her."
The trial that lasted for seven weeks from April 12 until June 1 was eventually won by Depp. The jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard, although the court reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to a limit imposed by Virginia state law.