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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial movie ‘Hot Take’ drops first trailer

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial is poised to be sensationalized even more with a new movie just four months after the decision was made. EW has your exclusive first look at the crazy teaser.

Mark Hapka and Megan Davis play the feuding ex-spouses in the movie The Depp/Heard Trial. The former is decked out in Depp’s trademark goatee, ponytail, and sunglasses, while the latter imitates Heard’s much-discussed attire.

The trial’s iconic touchstones are depicted in the teaser, including Depp’s casual demeanor in court, Heard’s heightened social media scrutiny, and yes, even a mention of James Franco, who was listed as a witness on Heard’s list but was never asked to testify.

The Depp fanatics who traveled from far and wide to attend the hearings and camp outside the courtroom are mentioned in the teaser as saying, “It’s day one of the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial; though supporters are showing support for both sides, there’s clearly a favourite here.”

In Hot Take, Melissa Marty plays Camille Vasquez, Depp’s fan-favorite attorney, and Mary Carrig plays Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s attorney, respectively.

Executive producers of the movie, which debuts on September 30, include Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer, and Fernando Szew. Also producing were Autumn Federici and Kristifor Cvijetic.

A seven-person jury found in June after a six-week trial that Heard had maliciously and knowingly slandered Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she identified herself as a public advocate for domestic abuse. After a plea for a mistrial was granted, Heard’s counsel filed an appeal of the judgment in July.

A representative for Heard stated, “We feel the court committed errors that prohibited a just and equitable verdict consistent with the First Amendment.” While we are aware that today’s filing will set Twitter ablaze, there are steps we must follow to ensure justice and fairness.

In response to a request for comment regarding the appeal, a representative for Depp told Entertainment Weekly that “the jury heard the substantial evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp in numerous instances. We continue to believe that our case will succeed and that the ruling will prevail.

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