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Amber Heard confirms return to ‘Aquaman’ after Johnny Depp court case

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in 'Aquaman'. (Credit: DC/Warner Bros)

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in ‘Aquaman’. (Credit: DC/Warner Bros) 

Amber Heard has dismissed rumours she is due to be ousted from the Aquaman franchise in the wake of her involvement in ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel battle with The Sun.

The star, who played Mera in the 2018 Aquaman movie, told EW she’s “excited to get started” on the sequel, which will see director James Wan return alongside Jason Momoa as the title character.

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Heard said production on the marine sequel is due to get underway in 2021.

She added: “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.”

Rumours of Heard’s departure from the franchise had been swirling online, in the wake of Depp relinquishing the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts franchise.

During Depp’s legal action against The Sun — related to an article in which the paper called him “a wife beater” — allegations were made that Heard was also violent towards him.

The judge ruled in favour of The Sun, though Depp has signalled his intent to appeal.

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Fans of Depp have suggested that Heard should be forced to leave her role as a result of the allegations, with an online petition to that effect earning more than a million signatures.

Heard told EW: “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.”

Amber Heard reads a statement after the libel trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on July 28, 2020. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)Amber Heard reads a statement after the libel trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on July 28, 2020. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Amber Heard reads a statement after the libel trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on July 28, 2020. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) 

Aquaman 2 is currently set for a release date in December 2022, with horror-inflected spin-off movie The Trench also in development.

At the DC FanDome event earlier this year, Wan teased that the new movie will be “a little bit more serious and a little bit more relevant to the world we’re in today”.

The Conjuring filmmaker also hinted that “new worlds” would be explored in the sequel, taking the ocean ecosystem into different areas.

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Helped along by broadly positive critical notices, Aquaman was a huge success at the box office, earning $1.15bn (£874m) worldwide.

Momoa’s Aquaman — and likely Heard as Mera as well — will be seen again next year when the epic Snyder Cut of Justice League arrives on HBO Max in four, hour-long chunks.

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