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Will Johnny Depp And Amber Heard’s Trial Dictate Their Career?

By Chinelo Eze
30 May 2022   |   10:41 am
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's case is now in the hands of the jury after six weeks of testimony in the defamation trial. The trial has aired the good, bad, and downright ugly of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's former relationship. No one knows what the outcome of Depp's $50 million lawsuit and Heard's $100…

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard | Image: Sky News

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s case is now in the hands of the jury after six weeks of testimony in the defamation trial.

The trial has aired the good, bad, and downright ugly of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s former relationship.

No one knows what the outcome of Depp’s $50 million lawsuit and Heard’s $100 million countersuit will be. However, Hollywood insiders believe that the destiny of their respective careers will be decided in the court of public opinion.

Sources who spoke with six entertainment industry experts on the condition of anonymity to protect professional connections, gave an insight on what their career would look like after the trial comes to an end.

One said, “Both are highly dysfunctional. Money is toxic and greed destroys. No one wins here.”

While another retorted, “I wasn’t sure what to expect before he took the stand and if anything, I believe this has done nothing but help his public image.”

Another talked about the impact of the trial depending on how it is viewed, especially with the outpouring of support for Depp on social media throughout the trial particularly on TikTok, stating that it could help him in the future.

Depp and Heard’s pictures haven’t done well, according to another top Hollywood publicist who hasn’t dealt with either of them.

“Both are highly dysfunctional. Money is toxic and greed destroys. No one wins here.”

He added, “I believe that Johnny Depp will be able to be cast in various independent films because he still has significant name value and there’s an audience for him, however the studios will be more cautious because of insurance reasons and because of the potential to stop protection and they would be more concerned about public backlash as opposed to smaller independent companies.”

The accusations at the heart of both Heard and Depp’s cases are that their careers, specifically their futures in different film franchises, have been harmed.

Depp’s side has been trying to argue that Depp, who has played Jack Sparrow in five films, was eliminated from a potential sixth film in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise owing to Heard’s op-ed during the previous several weeks of testimony.

0n the other hand, The filmmaker believes Heard’s image has suffered as a result of the trial’s scrutiny.
A petition is already being circulated to have Heard removed from the upcoming “Aquaman” sequel, which has already been shot and is currently in post-production.

It is uncertain if that will happen because, the head of DC Films, which produced “Aquaman,” Walter Hamada, testified that the creative team was concerned about Heard’s return to the property due to a lack of chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa.