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Amber Heard "Is Being Cut From Aquaman 2" After Johnny Depp Trial Loss

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

Amber Heard has denied being "cut" from Aquaman 2 and called recasting claims "slightly insane." The reports surfaced that she's being axed from the sequel just hours after the actress landed herself in another scandal.

Heard repeated allegations of abuse against Johnny Depp, despite being found guilty of defamation.

The Rum Diary actress is set to reprise her role as Mera in the upcoming blockbuster Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will star Jason Momoa again as the titular character.

However, a source has reportedly claimed that Warner Bros. bosses 'screen-tested the movie' — whose release date has been changed to March 17, 2023 — and concluded that Heard's scenes should be reshot with another actress.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

A source told Just Jared:

"Warner Bros. decided to recast Amber Heard's role after screen testing the movie. They are going to be doing reshoots with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman."

After the rumors surfaced, Heard's spokesperson quickly shut down the claims about their client's axing from the sequel, saying:

"The rumor will continue as it has from day one - inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane."

However, another insider later confirmed:

"Amber has not been completely cut from the film. She still has a small role."

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

Serious doubts had already surrounded Heard's future with the DC franchise amid her six-week televised trial against Depp.

During the trial, Warner Bros executive Walter Hamada testified that producers had already considered recasting the actress over concerns about her lack of 'natural chemistry' with co-star Momoa.

Testifying to the court, Hamada revealed that producers had to "fabricate" chemistry between the two stars while admitting that the studio delayed announcing Heard's part in the sequel for weeks because of "conversations about recasting" her role.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

Hamada said in a tape-recorded on March 15, 2022:

"They didn't really have a lot of chemistry together."

"I think editorially, they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was concern that it took a lot of effort to get there."

The president of DC-based film production also denied Heard's claims that her character, Mera, saw her role reduced dramatically during filming, including having several action scenes taken away from her.

But Hamada insisted that "Heard's character's involvement was what it was from the beginning."

He added that "from the early stages of development of the script, the movie was building around the character of Arthur and Orm," played by Momoa and Patrick Wilson, respectively.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

He said:

"[They were] always the co-leads of the movie and not Heard. The movie was always pitched as a buddy comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson."

An online petition to get Heard dropped from the movie gained nearly 5 million signatures in weeks.

The petition alleges that Heard was "exposed as a domestic abuser by Depp" during their multimillion-dollar trial.

Interestingly, the reports of Heard's alleged axing from the Aquaman sequel come just hours after she faced furious backlash for once again publicly accusing Depp of physical abuse during an explosive interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today show.

In the interview, Heard insisted that she would "stand by every word of her testimony... until the day she dies." she added that the trial was about "the freedom to speak truth to power."

The actress also decried the public nature of the proceedings, which were live-streamed on countless networks, and saw Pirates of the Caribbean fans lining up outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Depp. On social media, Heard was relentlessly ridiculed.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

Heard said:

"The vast majority of this trial was played out on social media."

"I think that this trial is an example of that gone haywire, that gone amok, and the jury is not immune to that… I think even for the most well-intentioned juror, it would have been impossible to avoid this."

She added:

"I saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized."

"This was the most humiliating and horrible thing I've ever been through. I've never felt more removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human."

During the interview, Heard also accused Depp's lawyers, Vasquez and her associate Benjamin Chew, of trying to "distract the jury from the real issues" throughout the trial.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

She also suggested that the trial had questioned her First Amendment right to free speech. She claimed that she had "spoken her truth and spoken it to power," only to end up "paying the price."

But when grilled by Guthrie about audio clips that were played during the trial in which she could be heard admitting to being physically abusive towards ex-husband Depp, she insisted that she only "responded to [physical violence]" but "never instigated it."

She claimed:

"I never had to instigate it, I responded to it. When you're living in violence, and it becomes normal - as I testified to - you have to adapt."

Heard also told Guthrie that she regrets the "horrible" and "ugly" things she did and said to Depp. But she insisted that she only acted as a "person in extreme emotional, psychological, and physical distress."

She confessed:

"I did do and say horrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship. I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognizable to myself ways. I have so much regret."

"I freely and hopefully and voluntarily talked about what I did. I talked about the horrible language. I talked about being pushed to the extent where I didn't even know the difference between right and wrong.

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors "insensitive And Insane" Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

She added:

"I know much has been made of [those] audio tapes. They were first leaked online after being edited."

"What you would hear in these clips [was] not evidence of what was happening, it was evidence of a negotiation, of how to talk about that with your abuser."

Heard continued:

"As I testified on the stand about it, when your life is at risk, not only will you take the blame for things that you shouldn't take the blame for, but when you are in an abusive dynamic - psychologically, emotionally, and physically - you don't have the resources or the luxury of saying, 'Hey this is black and white.'"

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

Interestingly, Heard described her relationship and brief marriage to ex-husband Depp as both "ugly" and "beautiful."

She said:

"It was ugly. And could be very beautiful. It was very, very toxic. We made a lot of mistakes. But I've always told the truth."

Speaking directly to Guthrie, Heard also insisted that the jury's decision on her case was highly influenced by "unfair social media representation" and her husband calling on "paid employees and randos" to testify on his behalf.

She said:

"I'll put it this way, how could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion [that I couldn't be believed]?"

"They had said in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop, relentless testimony from paid employees and towards the end of the trial, randos, as I say."

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

She added:

"I don't blame them, I don't blame them, I actually understand, he's a beloved character, and people feel that they know him. He's a fantastic actor."

"Again, how could they, after listening to three and a half weeks of testimony about how I was an 'uncredible' person and not to believe a word that came out of my mouth."

But despite insisting that social media played a key role in the trial's outcome, Heard claimed she's not taking any negative public opinions about her "personally," insisting that she "doesn't care what anyone thinks about her."

Amber Heard Denies She's Been Cut From Aquaman 2: Actress Brands Rumors 'insensitive And Insane' Hours After She Repeated Defamatory Claims On Today Show That Johnny Depp Beat Her

She told Guthrie:

"I don't care what anyone thinks about me or what judgments you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home in my marriage behind closed doors."

"I don't presume the average person should know those things, so I don't take it personally."

Heard's interview with Guthrie on the Today show marks the first time she has publicly addressed the verdict.