NEW YORK: Amber Heard, known for her role as Mera in the Aquaman franchise, is facing another setback as reports reveal her role in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has been significantly downplayed. A year after the high-profile defamation case against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, Heard’s presence in the sequel is reportedly limited to 15 to 20 minutes of the film’s 124-minute runtime.
Heard, who played a prominent role in the first Aquaman film released in December 2018, now has only eleven lines throughout the entire movie, according to Business Insider. Many of Mera’s lines were simplified, and her character is primarily showcased at the start and end of the film, with minimal involvement in the central plot.
During her US trial against Depp, Heard claimed that her role in Aquaman 2 had been reduced due to the negative attention on her personal life stemming from the defamation case. However, director James Wan dismissed these claims in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stating, “The second installment was never meant to focus on Amber’s character.”
Amber Heard’s Role in ‘Aquaman 2’
Wan explained that “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” primarily centers on Jason Momoa’s character, Arthur Curry, and his half-brother Orm, played by Patrick Wilson. The director emphasized that the first movie was a “romance action-adventure,” while the second installment is described as a “bromance action-adventure.”
The reduction of Heard’s role in the sequel marks another blow for the actress, who faced a highly publicized legal battle with Johnny Depp.