It dramatizes the libel trial that took place earlier this year.
Given the huge coverage of Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year, it was inevitable that a dramatized film would be made based on the proceedings.
That said, we had no idea there would be one just four months after the trial ended.
However, the folks at US streaming service Tubi have sped up production on a movie titled Hot take: the Depp/Heard trial and it has just unveiled its first trailer.
A plot summary for the project says it will focus on Depp and Heard’s “tumultuous relationship” and the libel lawsuit that took place in Virginia between April and June and ultimately saw Depp win.
The actor sued Heard for defamation for a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, where she wrote about being a survivor of domestic violence.
Although her name is not mentioned in the article, Depp’s lawyers argued that it incorrectly implied that she had been sexually and physically abused by him in their marriage.
Heard filed a counterclaim, arguing that he created a smear campaign against her.
The trial ended in June with the jury siding with Depp, who was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
Heard was awarded $2 million for his counterclaim against Depp.
Actor Mark Hapka (Days of Our Lives) plays Depp in the dramatized account of the trial while Heard will be portrayed by Megan Davis (American Horror Story).
Maybe it’s the cheap sets or the terrible dialogue (“The girl just wants attention”) or the fact that Davis barely looks like Heard (Hapka, it has to be said, looks like Depp, even s ‘he was much younger), but this trailer looks tacky and looks like a sensationalized cash grab.
However, that only goes through the trailer. The full movie will be released in the US on Tubi on September 30.
It does not yet have an Irish release date. You can check out the teaser below.
Clip via Tubi