Amber Heard Only Has 11 Lines in the New “Aquaman” Movie

Amber Heard at the "Sorry Angel" premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018
Amber Heard at the "Sorry Angel" premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/REX/Shutterstock (9667989d)

In the much-anticipated sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Amber Heard’s presence as Mera is notably smaller than in the first film. The actress only has about 11 lines. This significant reduction in her role has sparked curiosity and speculation. Here’s a closer look at the factors that may have contributed to her limited screen time.

Public Controversy and Legal Battles

Heard’s highly publicized legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp undeniably cast a shadow over her career. Following Depp’s lawsuit and the subsequent trial, there was a vocal public outcry and threats of boycotts against the film if Heard remained part of the cast. While Warner Bros. denied that these events influenced their decision, the public sentiment likely played a role.

Lack of Chemistry

According to Warner Bros, the decision to reduce Heard’s role was partly based on the perceived lack of chemistry between her and the lead actor, Jason Momoa. In the sequel, the studio wanted to refocus the narrative and character dynamics. 

Shift in Story Focus

And indeed they did. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’s story has a larger emphasis on the characters portrayed by Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson. The storyline shift naturally affected the distribution of screen time among the characters, leading to Mera’s reduced role.