Amber Heard was nearly recast in Aquaman 2 due to bad chemistry with Jason Momoa, says her agent
Warner Bros. cited Amber Heard's "lack of chemistry" with Aquaman 2 co-star Jason Momoa as a reason for a possible recast of her role, Heard's agent testified Thursday during Johnny Depp's defamation trial.
In a pre-recorded statement, Jessica Kovacevic opened up about Heard's career before and after her split from ex-husband Johnny Depp and shared her belief that Warner Bros. wanted to replace Heard as Mera amid the spate of bad press surrounding the breakup. Instead, Kovacevic testified that the studio cited Heard's lack of chemistry with Momoa as a reason for considering recasting her.
Warner Bros. officials did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment.
While the studio never directly cited Heard's split from Depp as a reason for their potential recast, Kovacevic testified that they felt they "didn't want to hire anyone who gets bad press," adding, "Nobody wants that connection."
Heard ultimately stayed in the film, but her role was significantly "reduced" from previous iterations of the script, as she previously testified.
Warner Bros. Photographs Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in Aquaman
Heard told the court Monday that she had to "fight really hard" to keep her roles in 2017's Justice League and the first Aquaman film amid Depp's alleged "hate campaign" against her. The actress testified that the "sophisticated PR machine" behind Depp conspired to brand her a liar in the press, resulting in her being removed from acting jobs and beauty sponsors.
"I had to fight really hard to continue my career after I got my [Restraining Order against Depp]," Heard testified. "I missed opportunities. I've been dropped from jobs and campaigns. I've been fighting to keep my job and the biggest film opportunity I've ever had [with] Justice League with an option to [star in] Aquaman. I had to fight really hard to stay in the Justice League because that was divorce time."
Heard testified that Warner Bros. "didn't want to involve me in Aquaman 2." When asked if she was "actively scheduling" Aquaman 2 filming ahead of Depp's alleged smear campaign, Heard said yes. When asked about her involvement after Depp's team called her a liar in the press, she said no, "communication was cut off at that point."
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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Amber Heard comments during the Johnny Depp defamation trial
Heard added, "I got a script and then new versions of the script that had removed scenes with action that portrayed my character and another character, no spoilers given away, two characters fighting each other and you basically have took a bunch out of my roll. They just removed a bunch. While her $2 million contract remained intact, Heard reportedly only appears on screen for 10 minutes.
When asked if she's been able to find work lately, Heard said, "I've been doing a little independent film. I shot a film in Guatemala. It's a small independent film, which means there's no distribution or anything; I was associated with the Into the Fire name for many years." She said she was paid $65,000 for the role. Given Aquaman's success, Kovacevic testified, Heard should have been offered more support and job opportunities, but she was it not.
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