Actress Amber Heard has been noticeably absent from the latest trailer for the upcoming film "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom," sparking speculation about the extent of her role in the sequel. This development follows the highly publicized defamation trial between Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp, which cast a shadow over Heard's public image.
In the first trailer, released in September, Heard briefly appeared as Mera, the daughter of King Nereus and Aquaman's love interest. However, in the latest trailer, which dropped on December 20, Heard's character is nowhere to be seen.
This has led fans to question whether her role has been significantly reduced or even eliminated from the film altogether. Heard has previously expressed concerns about the diminishing size of her role, stating that she had received multiple versions of the script in which action scenes involving her character were removed.
"They removed a lot of it," she said in court during her trial with Depp.
The director of Aquaman claims that the second part does not need the character played by Amber as much
Director James Wan has maintained that the focus of the sequel has always been on the relationship between Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson).
"The first Aquaman was Arthur and Mera's journey. The second movie was always supposed to be Arthur and Orm," Wan told Entertainment Weekly. Whether Heard's reduced role is a result of the ongoing controversy surrounding her personal life or a creative decision made by the filmmakers remains unclear.
Regardless, her absence from the latest trailer has undoubtedly fueled speculation and debate among fans. It's worth noting that Heard has recently accused Momoa of coming to the set drunk and imitating her ex Johnny Depp.
These accusations, if true, could further complicate the situation and potentially affect Heard's involvement in the film. As the release of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" draws closer, the fate of Heard's character remains uncertain. Whether she will have a substantial presence in the film or her role will be minimized remains to be seen.