Johnny Depp Tried to Have Amber Heard Replaced on Aquaman After They Split: Report
Johnny Depp lost his U.K. libel suit in November when a judge ruled The Sun's "wife-beater" article was "substantially true"
The actor reached out to his sister, producer Christi Dembrowski, about Heard’s role in the blockbuster Warner Bros. film, per details provided in Judge Andrew Nicols’ court ruling in Depp’s U.K. libel case that was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“I want her replaced on the WB film,” Depp, 57, wrote to Dembrowski, who at the time had a deal with Warner Bros. and held sway at the studio.
Adam Waldman, Depp's attorney, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
During the trial, THR reports that Depp admitted he was referring to the 2018 film, which also stars Jason Momoa. Heard, 34, went on to star in the blockbuster hit film as Mera, Aquaman's love interest in the movie.
Heard shut down rumors she was being replaced for the upcoming sequel Aquaman 2 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in November.
"I'm super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we'll be coming back," Heard told EW. "I'm so excited to film that."
Heard said "paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media" regarding her role in the sequel "don't dictate [casting decisions because they have no basis in reality."
"Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen," she added. "I'm excited to get started next year."
While Depp did not succeed in replacing Heard on Aquaman, the loss of his libel suit against the U.K. tabloid The Sun did cost him his own high-profile gig.
In November, the actor said in an Instagram post that Warner Bros. asked him to resign from the part of Grindelwald from the franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — and that he agreed to do so.
"In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement," Depp began. "Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days."
"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request," he continued.
"Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal," Depp concluded. "My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time."
THR reported at the time that the actor will be compensated his full eight-figure salary for the third installment in the franchise, which he had only shot one scene for since the start of production on Sept. 20.
Depp was denied an appeal in the case by Judge Nicol, but earlier this month, the actor applied directly to Britain’s court of appeal in another effort to overturn the judge’s ruling, according to THR.
Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011’s The Rum Diary and were married from February 2015 to May 2016.