Aquaman 2: DC Films President Confirms There Were Talks About Recasting Amber Heard [But Not For The Reason You Think]
The name Amber Heard has been filing the headlines for the last few weeks, and not because of the movies that she starred in or will star in, although those have been mentioned too. You probably know what’s happening with her and her ex-husband Johnny Depp at the defamation trial. While Depp is enjoying the huge support from the public, Heard is currently one of the most hated persons in Hollywood.
Depp was fired from two big franchises, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, and WB’s Fantastic Beasts. On the other hand, Heard managed to keep her role as DCEU’s Mera in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, which caused massive public outrage and petitions to fire Heard and rehire Depp. Currently, the petition to remove Heard from the upcoming Aquaman sequel reached over 3 million signatures, and the petition to rehire Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean currently has more than 850 signatures. The number of signatures on both petitions is still growing.
Walter Hamada, president of DC Films, and the executive producer of Aquaman and its upcoming sequel today confirmed that there were talks about recasting Heard, but not because of the reason you think. Hamada said that they noticed issues in the chemistry with the movie’s titular star Jason Momoa, and those talks weren’t related to her dispute with Depp.
“It was the concerns that were brought up at the wrap of the first movie, the production of the first movie, which is the issue of chemistry. ‘Did the two have chemistry?’ I think editorially, they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get to there and would we be better off recasting, finding someone who had better, more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward that way.” — Walter Hamada (via The Direct)
Amber Heard joined the DCEU as Mera in 2017’s Justice League, and she reprised the role in Aquaman a year later. She also appeared in Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021, and she already wrapped production on the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, although she claims that her role in the sequel was reduced due to her dispute with Depp. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to be released in March 2023.
Johnny Depp is probably best known for the role of Jack Sparrow, which he plays in all five Pirates of the Caribbean movies between 2003 and 2017. He was set to return for the upcoming sixth installment before he was let go. Disney is currently working on two new Pirates of the Caribbean scripts, but even if Disney would be willing to rehire him, Depp stated that he has no interest in working with Disney again.