Amber Heard as Mera in "Aquaman" (2018). Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Amber Heard claims ‘Aquaman’ role reduced in wake of Depp defamation suit

Amber Heard claimed Warner Bros. didn't want her to return as Mera in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" due to the recent defamation lawsuit she faces with ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Amber Heard has claimed that she had to fight for her role as Mera in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” while simultaneously confirming that her role was cut to a measly 10 minutes.

Heard is currently facing a libel suit against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse.


“I fought really hard to stay in the movie,” Heard said. “They didn’t want to include me in the film.” When asked to elaborate, Heard added that although she’s in “The Lost Kingdom,” it’s “A very pared down version of that role.”

Heard’s comment follows as a petition to remove her from “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” recently passed four million signatures on Change.org, citing public opinion is swaying in Depp’s favor.

“I was given a script,” Heard continued. “Then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it, that depicted my character and another character, without giving any spoilers away. Two characters fighting with one another. They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch.”

Heard received $2 million for her role as Mera “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”


A previous version of this story misspelled Amber Heard’s last name.


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