One of the immediate consequences of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard libel lawsuit was increased attention to many reports. The ones included a petition to bring back Johnny Depp for more Pirates of the Caribbeanone petition for severance of Amber Heard Aquaman 2 (which we know doesn’t happen, though Heard’s role was reportedly limited in the DC sequel), and a demand to bring “justice” to Johnny Depp. The latter seems to be continuing to go strong in the weeks following the verdict in Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s trial, adding new signatories by the day as it nears a brand new goal.
According to the latest batch of signatures, the infamous “Justice for Johnny Depp” Change.org the report is approaching a new target. Over 780,530 signatures have been gathered at the time of writing and the benchmark is currently at 1 million. Of course, the point of the report – which is to get Depp back to “what he does best” also ties in some interesting tidbits related to the actor’s career.
One of the few gigs Depp held down during his long legal battle with Amber Heard was as the face of Dior. Post Johnny Depp won the lion’s share of the prize money in his Hurd suit, Dior has signaled its continued support with a primetime televised statement. In the time since then, Depp has lined up a reunion for his band Hollywood Vampiresmall. He also headed to France to shot his first film role after his courtship with Amber Heard.
While he’s gaining some career momentum, some of his most important roles are probably in the past. Depp himself doesn’t seem particularly interested in returning to Disney to play Captain Jack Sparrow. Additionally, his role as Grindelwald has already moved on, signing Mads Mikkelsen to the role. The future of this franchise is also unclear, while Pirates seems to be pursuing a new story and new actors.
But interest in Depp and Heard remains high. Of the various petitions that gained traction during the libel trial, the “Petition To Remove Amber Heard From Aquaman 2” has seen the most traction in recent weeks. It’s actually closer to 5 million. At this point, signers aren’t breaking out in droves like they were a few months ago, but it’s clear that interest hasn’t waned yet, as several new signers are being added to the tally at the time of writing.
This is especially true afterwards Amber Heard’s legal team has filed new documents last week to appeal the verdict from the Virginia-based trial on several grounds. We will keep you updated as the appeal and reports continue to progress.
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