Trial Of Johnny Depp And Amber Heard To Be Dramatized In Upcoming Movie

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The high-profile libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard is the subject of a new film. Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trialwhich will be streamed exclusively on TBEN’s streaming service, Tubi.

Depp is played by Days of our lives actor Mark Hapka, with Megan Davis (Alone in the dark) has been cast as Heard in the upcoming film, which follows the ex-couple’s tumultuous relationship in and out of court.

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Station 19‘s Melissa Marty stars as Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, and Law & Order: True Crimes Mary Carrig plays Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft.

Tubi and MarVista accelerated the project’s production “to capture a current take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, and paint a unique picture of what millions of people saw playing in the headlines over the summer” , Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer, said in a statement per Variety.

Directed by Sara Lohman and written by Guy Nicolucci, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial debuts on Tubi in the US on September 30.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

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Depp sued Heard for $50 million (£40.1 million) for allegedly abusing her in 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claimed the article affected his ability to work.

The two-month trial ended on July 1, with the jury siding with Depp and finding that Heard had defamed him on all three counts.

Jurors awarded Depp $10 million (£8.6 million) in damages and $5 million (£4 million) in punitive damages, before Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the latter to the legal limit of $350,000 (£305,000) .

Heard won one of her three counterclaims, with the jury finding that Depp — through his attorney Adam Waldman — defamed her by labeling her allegations about a 2016 incident as “an ambush, a hoax.”

She was awarded $2 million (£1.7 million) in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages.

In a recent interview, succession star Brian Cox said he felt “pity” for Heard during the trial and that he thinks she “got the hard end”. The actor also once called Depp “overrated,” a comment he later said he regretted.