(Pocket-lint) – The defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard was a hot topic in April and May 2022. If you’ve been following him, you’ve undoubtedly chosen a side and you’ll also know the result.
However, the trial attracted tremendous media attention, so it’s probably not surprising that a film is being made about it. What is perhaps even more surprising is how quickly it will come out.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial movie, including its release date and how to watch it.
Hot Take: The release date of the Depp/Heard trial
The Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial movie will be released on September 30, 2022.
The film is said to have been quickly put into production by Tubi and MarVista. Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer, told Variety the platform wanted to “capture a contemporary take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist and paint a unique picture of what millions of viewers were playing in the headlines over the summer.”
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial to watch
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will be available on Fox’s Tubi streaming platform as soon as it is released. Tubi is a free streaming service in the US, but the platform is not available in the UK.
At the moment it looks like the film won’t be available in the UK, although we’ll update that feature if we hear anything else.
Hot Take: The Storyline of the Depp/Heard Trial
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is set to tell a dramatized story of the defamation trial against Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard, which ended on June 1, 2022.
During the trial, Depp sued Heard for $50 million, alleging that Heard interfered with Depp’s work when she allegedly implied he abused her in a 2018 Wasington Post article. She didn’t name him, but Depp claimed the allegation prevented him from getting acting jobs.
The film is said to follow Depp and Heard’s relationship in and out of court, and tell the story of the two-month defamation trial.
The trial sided with Depp, awarding him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, although the latter was reduced. Heard won one of her three countersuits, with Depp being held liable for a defamatory statement made about Heard in 2016.
It was recently revealed that Depp was dating Joelle Rich, the lawyer who represented him in his UK lawsuit against The Sun newspaper. Rich was not one of the attorneys representing him at the Heard trial, and while she was in court, the film Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is not expected to chronicle this new relationship.
Cast of Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial
In the Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial film, Days of Our Lives’ Mark Hapka will play Johnny Depp, while Megan Davis will play Amanda Heard.
Station 19’s Melissa Marty will play Johnny Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, and Mary Carrig will play Amanda Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft.
The film was written by Guy Nicolucci and will be directed by Sara Lohman. It was produced by Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.
Writing from Britta O’Boyle.