Amber Heard, the “Aquaman” and “Justice League” actress talks passionately about her role in the new Stephen King adaptation “The Stand”
Amber Heard has recently been under the spotlight owing to her win in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against The Sun in which Amber Heard was the prime witness.
However, the court ruled in favour and she won her libel trial against Depp earlier this summer. The judge called Depp a “monster” who had beaten Amber Heard 12 times during the entire period of their tumultuous marriage
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s Lawsuit
Johnny Depp had previously lost his libel trial against The Sun Publisher News Group Newspaper executive Dan Wootton after the publication referred to him as a “wife beater” in an article published in 2018.
In November 2020, Judge Justice Nicole ruled that The Sun’s allegations against Depp were “substantially true” and that the Edward Scissorhands and The Pirates Of The Caribbean had put Heard’s life in danger as he abused alcohol and drugs.
But this doesn’t end here. Depp has also appealed the High Court’s verdict and is suing Heard in the US because of a different article written in the Washington Post two years ago. This has made it difficult for Amber Heard to speak liberally about her legal struggles with the actor, according to The Daily Mail
Backlash from angry fans of Johnny Depp
There was serious backlash against Heard from Depp’s fans who sought to get her removed from her role in the upcoming sequel “Aquaman 2”. They signed a petition regarding the same and although it received over thousands of signatures, nothing major came out of it.
Following the libel case, Amber Heard said that it was “incredibly painful” for her to relieve her break up with Depp, given the backlash she was met with from her ex-husband’s fans.
She said, “I travelled to the UK to testify in these proceedings as a witness to assist the Court. After obtaining a restraining order in 2016 and finalising our divorce, I wanted to move on with my life. I did not file this lawsuit and, despite its significance, I would have preferred not to be in court. ‘It has been incredibly painful to relive the break-up of my relationship, have my motives and my truth questioned, and the most traumatic details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world.”
Heard’s new role in the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”
Amber Heard will be starring in the role of Nadine Cross, in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation series “The Stand” by CBS. She also appears in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”, the four part series that will release on HBO in 2021. Heard will appear in the role of Mera and she says she is “super excited” for the fans to see it.
About her role in the upcoming nine-part series “The Stand” Heard says, “You know, I got into this project on The Stand because of another true, die hard nerd, which is Josh Boone, who connected all of us on this project as he was adapting the book for Stephen [King]. And I think it’s just a good rule of thumb to follow, especially in this genre which I love. It’s like follow the nerd, the nerd passion is where you want to be.” according to comicbook.com.
The Stand tells the story of ‘a power struggle of good and evil’ after a flu outbreak wipes out 99% of the world’s population. Heard’s character Nadine is one of the few survivors of this apocalypse.
The show wrapped up filming in March before the world saw the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amber Heard said, “Nothing could have prepared me for 2020, let’s face it. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that. I don’t think anything could have prepared me. We stopped filming at the end of March, luckily it was at the end of filming, but still I had to go do reshoots later when things started to open back up again, so it is ironic that we had to stop filming on our show about a global pandemic and a power struggle of good and evil, and a government and society that will shut down after a pandemic… right before one. It’s really interesting timing.”
Heard also said how the show forced viewers to think about how they would act in a similar situation.
“That’s part of what I like about the series in general is that it forces the audience to think: ‘What would I do when faced with unbelievable circumstances and incredible adversity and everything being on the line? What would you do? What would you fight for? And then, you know, who would you be?’ I like that this forces you to think about things in that way. And I know anyone who’s been through this year can relate – that’s exactly what we have found ourselves asking ourselves a lot” she was heard saying according to the Daily Mail.
“The Stand” premiered on Thursday, 17 December and new episodes will premiere weekly exclusively for all CBS All Access subscribers.
Heard’s character in “The Stand”
Amber Heard also talked a bit about her character Nadine Cross who is a 37-year-old teacher and she is forced to take extreme risks in order to survive the aftermath of the outbreak which changed the world into a conflicted state.
“I don’t want to play a character that’s easy to understand or whose motivations are transparent, it’s more interesting to play a character who is functioning like many of us are behind several layers of masks that change, depending on what our situation is and who we are dealing with,” Heard said. “And Nadine is like that on steroids, the stakes are really high for her and everything’s on the line, so that was a challenge but exactly why I was drawn to her.”
Amber Heard‘s other upcoming projects
Heard will also star in her role for the new sequel to the previously released Aquaman, titled “Aquaman 2”. Although not much is known about the film, according to Entertainment Weekly who interviewed Amber Heard back in November, she said “I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back,” Heard said. “I’m so excited to film that.”
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