Streaming platform to release movie on Depp-Heard trial
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The highly publicised defamation court trial between ex-Hollywood couple, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, is set to be made into a movie.
Fox-owned streaming platform, Tubi, released the trailer of the film titled Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, on Wednesday.
Directed by Sara Lohman, the movie will feature Mark Hapka as Depp and Megan Davis as Heard. Melissa Marty plays the actor’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, while Mary Carrig takes on the role of the Aquaman actress’ attorney, Elaine Bredehoft.
Amber Heard had counter-sued the Pirates of the Caribbean actor to the tune of $100 million after he filed a case against her for an article she wrote in 2018 (a year after their divorce) where she tagged herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Depp had said that while his name was not mentioned in the article, it painted him as an abusive partner and consequently impacted his career negatively.
In June, a United States jury finally reached a verdict after six weeks of an intense and much-publicised trial. The seven-member jury in Virginia found both parties liable for defamation and awarded Depp $15 million in damages.
The jury also found that Heard was defamed by statements made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail that her abuse claims were a “hoax,” and awarded her $2 million in damages.
While Depp praised the jury for vindicating him, the actress faulted the verdict and sought an appeal.