Amber Heard, who plays the female lead character Mera in Aquaman, said she was paid $2 million for the Aquaman sequel. During week 5 of the trial, Jessica Kovacevic, Heard’s talent agency, testified about her work before and after her divorce from ex-husband Johnny Depp. It turns out that Heard was almost recast in Aquaman 2 due to bad chemistry with Jason Momoa.
EW reports that Amber Heard’s representative testified that Warner Bros. cited her “lack of chemistry” with Aquaman 2 co-star Jason Momoa as a reason for considering recasting her role. Jessica Kovacevic testified about Heard’s career before and after her break from ex-husband Johnny Depp in a pre-recorded deposition.
She expressed her conviction that Warner Bros. wished to replace Heard as Mera due to the negative headlines surrounding the split. Instead, Kovacevic claimed that the studio was considering recasting Heard because of her lack of chemistry with Momoa. Warner Bros. representatives did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
While the studio never mentioned Heard’s breakup with Depp as a factor in her recasting, Kovacevic testified that she didn’t want to hire someone who has terrible reputation, adding, “No one wants that association.” Heard was eventually cast in the film, although her role was considerably reduced from earlier draughts of the script.
Despite Depp’s claimed smear campaign against her, Heard told the court that she had to “fight really hard” to maintain her roles in 2017’s Justice League and the first Aquaman film. The actress said that Depp’s advanced public relations machine plotted to label her as a liar in the press, leading to her being fired from playing roles and beauty sponsorships.
There is a lot more to unpack in this situation, so we have not heard the end of this story. To get latest updates, stay tuned to Thirsty.
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