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Johnny Depp trial: Petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman sequel nears 3 million signatures

The petition to remove Amber Heard Aquaman 2 nears its goal of three million signatures as Johnny Depp’s defamation case continues.

The DC sequel, which stars Heard as Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) love interest Mera, wrapped filming earlier this year, with director James Wan confirming the film wrapped in January. aquaman 2 Release is scheduled for March 2023.

As of Monday (May 2), and as of this writing, the Change.org petition had surpassed 2.9 million signatures. It was set up by fans who claim that since the couple’s divorce in 2016, Heard has “systematically crucified to ruin Depp in Hollywood.”

Once it reaches three million supporters, it will become one of the top petitions on Change.org.

The Independent has reached out to Heard and Wan’s rep for comment.

Meanwhile, several other petitions related to the actor have sparked new and renewed interest, as Depp’s three-day testimony before the Virginia Fairfax Courthouse, where the defamation trial is ongoing, alleges he was a victim of intimate partner violence and abuse.

Among those petitions is one for dismissal aquaman 2 Producer Peter Safran heard for “don’t fire”.

Depp is suing Heard for $50m (£38.2m) over a guest comment in 2018. Washington Post in which she implied the pirates of the Caribbean The actor had abused her throughout their relationship.

The actor claimed Heard’s article cost him major film deals and hurt his professional standing in Hollywood.

Amber Heard speaks with her legal team during her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel trial against her April 28 at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, United States

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The online petition to remove Heard from the Aquaman The sequel gained traction in November 2020, reaching 1.5 million signatures following Depp’s exit from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Depp resigned from the franchise, which recently released starring Mads Mikkelson, at the request of Warner Bros after Depp lost a defamation lawsuit against him The sun about a 2018 article that called him a “wife beater.”

Heard previously condemned the campaign to have her removed from the film. She denied that the outcome of the Depp defamation case affected her own franchise and confirmed that she should film the sequel.

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In a statement at the time, she said: “Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media do not dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality.”

After the weekend break, testimony in the Depp Heard trial is expected to resume on Monday (May 2).

According to Depp, Heard is expected to take a stand to cover the couple’s tumultuous marriage. While James Franco and Elon Musk were among the names on Heard’s potential witness list, The Independent received confirmation last week that neither the Tesla CEO nor the actor would comment.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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