Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, was in danger of losing her role in the sequel to “Aquaman” due to rumored tensions with the film’s star, Jason Momoa, and director, James Wan. However, it’s now being reported that Elon Musk, her then-boyfriend, played a crucial role in ensuring she remained part of the project.
According to sources cited by Variety, the tech billionaire took action through his legal team. Musk allegedly had one of his attorneys send a strongly worded letter to Warner Bros., warning them of severe consequences if they fired Heard from “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” The letter reportedly contained threats that persuaded Warner Bros. to keep her on board.
While there has been no official confirmation from Musk, Heard, Warner Bros., or DC Studios, the move is said to have saved Heard’s role in the film.
Heard had previously encountered issues with her colleagues during the filming of “Aquaman.” She claimed that her role had been altered, with scenes and actions taken away, which she attributed to her publicized legal battle with Depp.
However, Walter Hamada, DC’s boss, contradicted her account during her defamation trial with Depp in 2022. He stated that the changes to her role had nothing to do with Depp and were instead due to concerns about her chemistry with Momoa.
This alleged intervention by Musk to protect Heard is not the first time he has supported her publicly. In the past, he was believed to be behind a significant $1 million donation to fulfill her pledge to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity after her divorce from Depp.
Musk and Heard dated intermittently from 2016 to 2018. While there were rumors of a romantic involvement between Heard and model Cara Delevingne during her marriage to Depp, Musk denied any such involvement and clarified that his relationship with Heard began after her divorce filing.
Despite the behind-the-scenes disputes, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” moved forward with Heard in her role as Mera, thanks in part to the alleged intervention of Elon Musk.