Amber Heard was almost recast in 'Aquaman 2' because she didn't have 'natural chemistry' with Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. executive testifies


Amber Heard was almost recast in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" because she didn't have "natural chemistry" with Jason Momoa in the first movie, a Warner Bros. executive testified as part of the ongoing defamation case between Heard and Johnny Depp.

A prerecorded deposition from Walter Hamada, president of DC-based film production for Warner Bros, was played in court on Tuesday by Depp's team to undercut Heard's counterclaim that her career was harmed by Depp's attorney.

Hamada testified that there was a delay for several weeks to cast Heard in the "Aquaman" sequel because of "conversations about recasting" by the director James Wan and producer Peter Safran.

"It was the concerns brought up at the wrap of the first movie, which was the issue of chemistry," Hamada said. "I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie. But there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there and that would we be better off finding someone with more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward that way."

He added: "I think at the end of the day, I think if you watched the movie they looked like they had great chemistry but I just know that through the course of the post-production that it took a lot of effort to get there."

Depp is suing Heard over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in 2018, describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp has accused Heard of ruining his career and reputation in the defamation case. Heard is countersuing Depp, claiming that Depp physically abused her on multiple occasions during their marriage and that her career was damaged after the actor's attorney Adam Waldman called Heard's allegations a "hoax."

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Amber Heard was almost recast in 'Aquaman 2' due to no 'natural chemistry' with Jason Momoa

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Amber Heard was almost recast in 'Aquaman 2' because she didn't have 'natural chemistry' with Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. executive testifies


Amber Heard was almost recast in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" because she didn't have "natural chemistry" with Jason Momoa in the first movie, a Warner Bros. executive testified as part of the ongoing defamation case between Heard and Johnny Depp.

A prerecorded deposition from Walter Hamada, president of DC-based film production for Warner Bros, was played in court on Tuesday by Depp's team to undercut Heard's counterclaim that her career was harmed by Depp's attorney.

Hamada testified that there was a delay for several weeks to cast Heard in the "Aquaman" sequel because of "conversations about recasting" by the director James Wan and producer Peter Safran.

"It was the concerns brought up at the wrap of the first movie, which was the issue of chemistry," Hamada said. "I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie. But there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there and that would we be better off finding someone with more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward that way."

He added: "I think at the end of the day, I think if you watched the movie they looked like they had great chemistry but I just know that through the course of the post-production that it took a lot of effort to get there."

Depp is suing Heard over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in 2018, describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp has accused Heard of ruining his career and reputation in the defamation case. Heard is countersuing Depp, claiming that Depp physically abused her on multiple occasions during their marriage and that her career was damaged after the actor's attorney Adam Waldman called Heard's allegations a "hoax."

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