It’s now confirmed: Amber Heard will be reprising her role as Mera in the highly anticipated Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Speculations had been swirling in Hollywood about whether Heard would be replaced in the superhero sequel following the highly publicized defamation case involving her ex-husband Johnny Depp. However, recent developments have put those rumors to rest.
A trailer for the movie was showcased during CinemaCon, revealing glimpses of Heard as Mera.
While she doesn’t have any dialogue in the trailer, she is shown in two quick shots and is also seen in battle, hinting at her continued involvement in the film’s action-packed scenes.
The rest of the trailer showcased Jason Momoa’s return as Aquaman, struggling with his role as the leader of Atlantis and teaming up with his on-screen stepbrother Orm, played by Patrick Wilson, to face new challenges including a zombie threat. We also catch a glimpse of Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, as he poses a menacing threat to the surface world.
The inclusion of Heard in the trailer confirms that she will indeed be returning as Mera, despite previous rumors suggesting otherwise.
During her defamation trial, Heard had revealed that she fought hard to remain in the film, despite scenes being cut from her role. She alleged that there were versions of the script that omitted action scenes involving her character and another character engaging in combat.
The trial had also sparked a massive campaign to have Heard removed from the film, with a Change.org petition garnering 4.6 million signatures.
However, producers for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom remained steadfast in their decision to retain Heard in the role, stating that they would not succumb to fan pressure and would do what they believed was best for the film.
A spokesperson for Heard dismissed the rumors of her removal from the film as “inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane,” putting an end to the speculation.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to premiere in cinemas on November 20, and fans can look forward to seeing Amber Heard reprising her role as Mera alongside Jason Momoa in the highly anticipated sequel.