Do you recall the news that a movie would be made about the widely reported defamation case involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, an ex-couple? There is now a trailer for it. And so it is. something.
The free streaming service Tubi has a movie called “Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial” that seeks to dramatize (and, let’s be honest, sensationalize) the trial and the events leading up to it, including their connection.
One is unsure whether the trailer is a spoof or intended to be taken seriously, which gives it a vibe akin to the Hunter Biden film “My Son Hunter.” The tone is sardonic whether on purpose or accidentally, not the production value, which is excellent.
The trailer is available for viewing above. It’s highly likely that the actors, Mark Hapka as Depp and Megan Davis as Heard, were chosen for their likeness to the topics. The director is Sara Lohman, best known for her work on “Good Satan,” “Grace and Frankie,” and “The Blind Side.”
The movie is intriguing and is certainly worth seeing. Since it will debut on Tubi, it will be free and only require a small investment of your time. Hot Take: On September 30, The Depp/Heard Trial will be available for streaming.
The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made headlines due to the high level of celebrity involvement as well as the newly revealed unsavory aspects of their tumultuous marriage.
The trial was also shown on television, which allowed Johnny Depp and Heard’s admirers to steal clips (but mostly Depp’s) and remix them creatively on social media platforms like Tiktok. As a result, a lot of what ought to have been a serious matter was trivialized.
The trial, which took place in Fairfax, Virginia, was won by Depp. Amber Heard had written an opinion piece for the Washington Post with the title “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s anger. That has to change,” and he had sued her for it. Depp filed for defamation even though she had not mentioned him by name.
Depp received a $10 million damage award at the trial’s conclusion. Heard was also given $2 million in compensation for the “defamation” she suffered at the hands of Heard’s attorney, who claimed she had invented a fake. Heard has often accused Depp of using physical and psychological abuse, but Depp has refuted these claims.
Prior to Fairfax, Depp had lost a libel case in London against News Group Newspapers after the company’s tabloid The Sun referred to him as a “wife-beater.” The judge had deemed Heard’s allegations to be “basically true.”
The US Trial, a two-part documentary series, was also made available on Discovery+ earlier this month.
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