Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial made headlines for months. The trial included sensational testimony including allegations of jealousy over actor James Franco. However, the sensational revelations from the trial have been turned into a movie for Tubi just four months after the verdict. Moreover, a trailer for Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial was also released on Wednesday.
The upcoming movie will feature Mark Hapka and Megan Davis as formerly married Hollywood stars Depp and Heard. In the trailer, several close-ups were shown of Davis as Heard and Hapka as Depp sitting in the courtroom following a Tubi logo. Hapka was a doppelganger for Depp in his signature goatee, sunglasses and ponytail, while Davis was spot-on as Heard particularly in her courtroom attire.
Depp was shown acknowledging fans at the trial while a stony-faced Heard walked outside the courthouse. “It’s day one of the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial; though fans are showing support for both sides, there’s clearly a favourite here,” a reporter said outside the trial. Flashbacks were also shown apparently referencing trial testimony as Amber was on the witness stand.
Further in the trailer, a scene showed Depp and Heard sitting next to each other and having a conversation. Several flashes were shown in their relationship as Depp said in a voice-over, “This is my life, no one should have to go through this.” The trailer then moves to Heard crying on a bed. The upcoming film is directed by director Sara Lohman and also features Mary Carrig as Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft.
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is scheduled to be released on September 30 for free on the Tubi platform. Depp sued his ex-wife Heard in February 2019 over her December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post and she countersued him in August 2020. The Depp v. Heard trial was held in Fairfax County, Virginia from April 2022 to June 2022 and its live stream was widely watched and generated heavy traffic on social media.
The bombshell trial included testimony on the witness stand from both Depp and Heard who provided details into their fairytale romance that turned into a disastrous marriage with both accusing each other of abuse. The jury found in favour of Depp who was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard. The punitive damages were later lowered to $350,000 due to a limit imposed by Virginia state law.