An ongoing petition to convince Warner Bros. to remove Amber Heard from the upcoming movie Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has almost reached its goal.
The list has now reached 4.43 million signatures as of Wednesday morning – against the originally announced target of 4.5 million.
The Change.org petition was started in 2020 by fan Jeanne Larson: “Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2,” she wrote in the listing description.
Heard, 36, has been embroiled in a contentious court battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, 58.
The former couple were in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, in a $50 million wartime libel trial. Depp is suing the “Stepdad” actress for alleged abuse in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she authored. Heard is suing her ex for $100 million.
The petition reached a staggering 3 million names in early May, around the time it was reported that Heard was only getting about 10 minutes of screen time in the Warner Bros. sequel to the 2018 DC superhero film Aquaman.
Meanwhile, during her testimony late last month, Heard claimed that the studio “didn’t want to involve me” and that she was “actively planning the timing of filming” until Depp’s supporters reportedly launched a campaign to have her removed from the film .
“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” , Heard said in her statement. “You just removed a bunch.”
Heard and Warner Bros. have not responded to Post’s requests for comment on the petition.
However, other reports suggest the mother-of-one was almost fired from the action film for lacking chemistry with on-screen co-star and love interest Jason Momoa, who plays the title role in Aquaman.
Heard’s WME agent Jessica Kovacevic testified that, in her opinion, Warner Bros. “didn’t want to hire anyone who got bad press,” adding, “Nobody wants that connection.”
Momoa, 42, has reportedly campaigned for Heard to keep her role in the sequel. Entertainment industry consultant and expert Kathryn Arnold shed light on the matter during the trial.
She noted that Momoa and director James Wan “were committed to her” and were “adamant” that she be in the film anyway.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters in March 2023.