Film about Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial to be rush-released

Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will be released on 30 September on the Tubi streaming service

A film about the recent Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial is to be rush-released on the Tubi streaming service.

According to Variety, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will dramatise events around the legal action that played out over six weeks earlier this year and will follow the “tumultuous relationship” between the pair. Hot Take stars Mark Hapka as Depp and Megan Davis as Heard, and is directed by Sara Lohman, previously responsible for horror film Off the Grid.

The trial, which concluded on 1 June, saw Depp win on three counts in his defamation action against his former wife, while Heard won on one count of her countersuit. Depp had claimed that an article she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018 was defamatory; he was awarded $15m (later reduced to $10.35m) in damages. Heard’s counterclaim said she had been defamed by Depp’s press agent; she was awarded $2m.

Tubi, a streaming service owned by Fox, will show the film free from 30 September in countries where it operates, which includes the US, Australia and New Zealand. It will not be available in the UK or EU.


Andrew Pulver

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