After Johnny Depp and Amber Heard clashed in a public court case over claims the Pirates of the Caribbean star was a “wife-beater”, a petition was started. The online appeal was made by Depp’s fans who called for Heard to be sacked from the upcoming DC Comics movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The petition, titled “Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2”, has gained more than 1.85 million signatures at the time of writing.
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In response to this petition Heard said last year: “Paid rumours 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.” (Via Entertainment Weekly)
Now, the producer of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has responded to the popular petition.
Peter Safran said: “I don’t think we’re ever going to react to, honestly, pure fan pressure.” (Via Deadline)
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Safran went on: “You gotta do what’s best for the movie.
“We felt that if it’s James Wan and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That’s really what it was.”
Addressing the ongoing campaign against Heard led by Depp fans, the Hollywood executive added: “One is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse.
“But that doesn’t mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes.”
Earlier this year Morrison exclusively gave Express.co.uk the first details about his Aquaman return.
He revealed: “I’m coming out [to shoot] in September. I think they want to do another one… I think they start earlier.”
When pressed about his storyline, Temuera would only say: “I’m not in it that long!”
The Mandalorian actor also recalled some fond memories of working on the first Aquaman movie.
Temuera said: “Yes, they gave me a wig and made me look younger! James Wan was there.
“I think I got the part because Jason [Momoa] loved [1994 film] Once Were Warriors [which Temuera starred in].
“Jason was a big mover because he wanted me to play his dad and the studio got talking and I met the casting agent… and yeah next minute I’m there.”
Aquaman the Lost Kingdom hits cinemas on December 16, 2022.