Despite the controversy – Amber Heard will return as Mera in the Aquaman sequel
It’s been a crazy week or so ever since the high court in England ruled against Johnny Depp in his libel action against The Sun Tabloid Newspaper. Depp sued the newspaper for libel after claims made in its pages calling the actor ‘A wife beater’, a claim Depp completely and angrily denied. The failure of his action against the paper over events that concerned him and his now ex-wife, the actress Amber Heard has seen Warner Bros. ask the actor to step down from his role in the ‘Fantastic Beasts‘ franchise. The actor will still receive his $10million salary despite his resignation from the role.
But fans of the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean‘ star, who camped outside the court and supported the actor daily, along with other people around the world have been vocal in demanding that Amber Heard is dismissed from her role as Mera in the DC ‘Aquaman‘ movie franchise. Despite the actress currently filming additional scenes as her character for the upcoming ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘, the calls haven’t died down and have only increased in their ferocity. Rumors have been swirling that Warner Bros. will listen to the cries from the fans and the people and dismiss her from the role. Despite all the calls and the speculation and rumors, Miss Heard has now confirmed that she will indeed be returning as Mera in ‘Aquaman 2‘.
Although the film is currently not officially in production or appears on any of the Warner Bros. slates, it is common knowledge that Director James Wan and actor Patrick Wilson discussed the film and the direction it would go in during the DC Fandome event back in August, all but confirming that the film was incoming, possibly sometime in 2022. Amber Heard herself has said that she believes the film will start production sometime in 2021 and is quoted to have said:
“I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that ‘Aquaman’ has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back. I’m so excited to film that.” adding “Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate (casting decisions) because they have no basis in reality. Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I’m excited to get started next year.”
No other casting details have been released apart from Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, and Temura Morrison will be returning once again with possibly Willem Defoe and Nicole Kidman appearing once more. From what she says, Amber Heard has no intention of stepping down from her role as Mera nor does it sound like the rumors of Warner Bros. recasting her role are true either. It remains to be seen how this situation plays out and we will bring you the latest developments as they happen.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly