Amber Heard has confirmed under oath that her starring role in Aquaman 2 has been drastically reduced.
The 36-year-old actress claimed during her controversial defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp that Warner Bros. “didn’t want me in the DC Comics sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”
Heard noted during the trial that she was “actively scheduling” the superhero film’s filming timing until Depp’s legal team reportedly launched a campaign against her.
The “Stepfather” star noted in her statement that “communication” about the film “stopped at that point.”
“I was given a script and then new versions of the script that had removed scenes of action depicting my character and another character, no spoilers, two characters fighting each other, and they basically took a bunch out of my role” , she told the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia. “You just removed a bunch.”
Heard plays the water warrior Princess Mera alongside Jason Momoa in the 2018 sequel Aquaman. She has since appeared in the other DC series, Zach Snyder’s Justice League.
Heard made $1 million for Aquaman and told the court she’ll double that for the sequel.
The Texas native has a three-picture deal under her contract, with Aquaman 2 as the third film in the deal. However, she claimed that the role in the film was “a very slimmed down version.”
earlier this month, Film journalist Grace Randolph reported on Twitter that Heard has “less than 10 minutes of screen time” in the upcoming film.
A Depp fan petition circulating on the Internet calls for Heard to be removed from the film entirely and has now received more than 4.2 million signatures.
“Do what’s right. Remove Amber Heard from ‘Aquaman 2,'” Depp fan Jeanne Larson wrote in the Change.org description of the petition, which she created back in 2020.
Several stars have endorsed Heard, including shock jock Howard Stern and actress Ellen Barkin. Figures like Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston and Joe Rogan stand in Depp’s corner.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled for release on March 17, 2023.