Don’t count on Bruce Campbell playing Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. In recent months, original Aquaman star Amber Heard has come under fire due to her public legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp. The majority of the public, as well as a trial jury, believes Depp’s claims that Heard had abused him during their relationship and fabricated her own allegations that he’d abused her. This has led to more than 4.5 million names signing a petition for Heard to be removed from Aquaman 2.
With talk of Heard possibly getting removed from the Warner Bros. sequel, many fans have been suggesting other possible contenders for the Mera role. Emilia Clarke and Blake Lively have both come up as popular options with fans who’d rather see one of these two in the film than Heard. Meanwhile, a viral meme had called for Campbell to play Mera with some fans even using face-swapping apps to place the actor’s face onto Mera’s body.
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Initially, Campbell had some fun with the meme by writing on Twitter, “Send me a script.” That seemed to make the meme only go further viral. With there still being continued discussion over the possibility of Campbell playing Mera, even if it’s in jest, Campbell hopped back on Twitter to clarify that he wouldn’t actually be good for the part. As the groovy one told one fan who said he’d be “perfect” for the role of Mera:
“Not my bag. I can’t hold my breath for very long.”
There Are No Plans At This Time to Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2
Despite the petition and suggestions of other actors in the part, Warner Bros. has not made any efforts to outright remove Heard from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, much less recast the role with someone new. However, it has been revealed that her role has been greatly reduced from what was intended in the original screenplay. During the defamation trial, producer Walter Hamada testified that this was not due to Amber Heard’s legal battle with Johnny Depp, but because of a lack of chemistry she’d had with Jason Momoa.
In any case, there were rumors that Heard’s screen time had been reduced to less than ten minutes. More recent reports coming out of test screenings suggest that she has since actually had an increase in screen time with more than 20 minutes in the latest cut. It is always possible that Warner Bros. will eventually bow to the fan pressure to remove Heard, but it seems unlikely at this point. Perhaps the studio hopes that the heat surrounding Heard’s involvement will die down exponentially by the time the sequel finally hits theaters next year.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on March 17, 2023.