The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial came to a close in June and was one of the most talked-about events of the year. It attracted a lot of attention and is now going to be turned into a movie because people are clearly not over it. The trailer for the film, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, releasing on Friday, is out now.
The minute-long glimpse into the sensational trial dropped on Wednesday. In April, the former couple headed to court due to a defamation suit filed against Heard by Depp for what he said was falsely accusing him of spousal abuse. Featuring snippets of the the courtroom appearances and their relationship, the trailer shows that the film is taking a page from real-life events.
It shows the filmmakers took the stylistic aspect seriously. The actors have tried to reenact Depp and Heard’s looks as well as expressions and manner of speaking. The film has included bits of the bias and social media campaign against Heard as a reporter is heard saying, “It’s day one of the Depp versus Heard defamation trial. Though fans are showing support for both sides, there’s clearly a favourite here.” In another instance, a video reel has been added, bashing the Aquaman actor, saying she just wants ‘some attention’.
“Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is a Tubi original movie based on the controversial defamation trial that shook the world,” read the caption. Starring Mark Hapka as Depp and Megan Davis as Heard, the cast also includes Melissa Marty as Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez and Mary Carrig joins as Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft.
Written by Guy Nicolucci and directed by Sara Lohman, the film is executive produced by Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.
The case centres on a column written by The Rum Diary actor and printed in The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” who was pilloried online after her assault claims. Following a six-week trial, a seven-person jury determined in June that Heard intentionally defamed Depp. Heard’s team filed to appeal the verdict in July after a motion for a mistrial was denied.
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesperson for her said. “While we realise today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”
Entertainment Weekly reached out to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor for a comment on the appeal and his spokesperson responded, “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr Depp in multiple instances. We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.”