Maybe it was only a matter of time before it happened, but so soon? It is now reported that a feature film will be released later this month based on the highly controversial libel lawsuit involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Over the course of six weeks, the televised trial had cast both celebrities in a negative light at different times, although the verdict at the end was overwhelmingly in favor of Depp. Each actor had accused the other of domestic abuse, and the jury ultimately accepted Depp’s claim that the allegations against him were fabricated.
Because the trial had drawn so much attention, there was more than enough drama for a story to be made. Enter Tubi, the free streaming platform that will host the new film Hot take: the Depp/Heard trial. The film recreates the trial and it will be free to watch on Fox’s Tubi starting Friday, September 30.
Cast members have also been announced. Depp will be played by Mark Hapka (Parallels, days of our lives) alongside Megan Davis (Alone in the dark) as Heard. Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, will be played by Melissa Marty (Then 19) with Mary Carrig (Law and order: true crime) playing Heard’s former lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft.
Fox Entertainment’s MarVista Entertainment is behind the film, per Variety. Sara Loman (Secrets in the woods) directed while the script comes from Guy Nicolucci (The daily show). It is produced by Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew. It is produced by Autumn Federici and Kristifor Cvijetic for Ninth House.
The film was accelerated in development
According to Tubi’s content director, the reason the film is coming so soon is that it was sped up in development “to capture a timely take on a story that has become part of the cultural zeitgeist, painting a unique picture of what millions of people have watched play is making headlines this summer. »
« Hot take: the Depp/Heard trial is one of many timely and culturally relevant original films to come out of our growing partnership and roster of films produced in collaboration with Tubi,” Hannah Pillemer, executive vice president of business for MarVista, added in a statement. “Connecting viewers to stories with this kind of social currency and topicality makes watching them a must for any fan of pop culture or celebrity drama. »
After meeting on the set of The rum journalDepp and Heard were married in 2015, although they divorced in 2017. Heard later alleged that she had been the victim of domestic violence in an op-ed written for The Washington Post in 2018, an article that Depp said caused serious consequences. to his career, like losing his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. This prompted Depp to sue Heard, seeking $50 million in damages, while Heard countersued for $100 million, arguing that she had been defamed. A jury ultimately awarded Depp $15 million, later reduced to $10.35 million due to Virginia law, while Heard also received $2 million.