Critics are calling for Amber Herd to be cut from the upcoming superhero film “Aquaman 2” as she continues to fight through a scathing defamation trial. A source close to the matter says critics are close to getting their wish and Heard’s screen-time in the movie has been cut to 10 measly minutes.
Film journalist Grace Randolph shared the news of Heard’s screen time getting cut.
The Daily Wire reports:
“I hear #AmberHeard has less than 10 min of screen time in #Aquaman2,” she tweeted. This news came as the change.org petition to have the 36-year-old actress removed earned over 3 million signatures. The original goal of 3 million was changed to 4.5 million after they achieved the first hurdle.
“Aquaman 2” producer Peter Safran said in July 2021 that removing Heard’s character would take more than an online petition and Twitter mob outrage.
“I don’t think that we’re ever going to react to, honestly, pure fan pressure. You gotta do what you feel is best for the movie. We felt that if it’s [director] James Wan and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That’s really what it was,” Safran told Deadline at the time. It’s worth noting this was before the revelations of the trial cast Heard in a new light.
“Listen, one is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitterverse, but that doesn’t mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes,” the producer continued. “You have to do what you feel is right for the film, and that’s really where we landed on it.”
The petition noted specific incidents of abuse Depp allegedly suffered before getting labeled a domestic abuser and having his career decimated. The actor filed a $50 million defamation suit against his ex-wife because of it.