As the libel lawsuit of Johnny Depp-Amber Heard enters in recent days, the two-part documentary about the couple’s “tragic union” and their libel case in the UK in 2020 has been cut, edited and scheduled for release.
Called Johnny vs. AmberOn May 26, two episodes take viewers “to the very origins” of how the couple met on set, fell in love, got married and divorced.
In essence, the documentary reveals how the actors ’personal lives were exposed in a London courtroom after Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against News Group Newspapers Ltd in the UK and sued. The sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article.
The trial began in 2020, and ended with a decision by a London High Court judge that Depp had repeatedly attacked Hurd.
The official synopsis of the documentary from the American network Investigation Discovery (ID) says that the current lawsuit against Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard attracts global attention by the fact that daily testimonies unfold from the rostrum, “read as the subject of a controversial drama.”
“Two of Hollywood’s most glamorous movie stars accuse each other of horrific acts of domestic violence and reveal relationships that seemed toxic from the start,” it said.
“But in all this chaos and confusion the question arises, how did it all start?”
For the first hour we take the roller coaster on Depp’s career, starting with his instant success in the series 21 Jump Street and be cast into the role of a vulnerable sympathetic orphan Edward Scissorhands, with lyrics, tapes and home videos playing to the court.
We hear his account of events that deny he was a domestic rapist, highlighting moments like when Depp’s finger was broken after Hurd allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him when the couple was in Australia in 2015.
The second hour is a “dedication” to the evidence and accusations Aquaman actor Hurd, including the infamous bruises on her face, which she received after Depp allegedly threw in her cell phone.
Variety in November reported that the documentary is in preparation.
Discovery’s head of entertainment, Claire Lakecock, described Depp and Hurd’s “multi-layered story” as “both fascinating and terrifying”.
“The series gives a deep insight into the epic battle that sparked the campaigns of #JusticeforJohnnyDepp and #IStandWithYouAmberHeard supporters, as well as a very public case in the Supreme Court that has captivated us all,” Ms. Lakecock said.
Charlotte Reed of Discovery said their story is still controversial.
“We decided to make a documentary that would explore the story from each of their perspectives so that the viewer could go beyond the headlines, understand who they are, and decide who to trust in this complex human story,” Ms. Reed said.
“We believe this is a compelling modern story of truth and falsehood that will hopefully open the conversation.”
The first titles say that the case in 2020 became a “court of the century on libel.”
Let’s move on to 2022, and the case in Fairfax County Court has far exceeded that tag.
A three-week trial in London was more reminiscent of the hostility of the ex-husband and wife, noted BBC.
But the second trial took several passes, with New York Times saying it “has become a tough battlefield for the truth about their relationship, when both sides accuse each other of repeated domestic violence in what was undeniably a tumultuous marriage”.
A seven-judge jury in the United States before Judge Penny Azkarate was called by Depp and began on April 11.
Depp claimed he was disgraced after Hurd wrote the article in 2018 The Washington Post who called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
His name was never mentioned in the article. But he is seeking $ 50 million ($ 69 million) in damages, and in return Hurd is suing for $ 100 million ($ 138 million), claiming that Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, denounced her when he called Hurd’s allegations a hoax.
The trial is last week, closing arguments will be given on May 27.
It is unknown how long it will take the jury to return the verdict.
What awaits Depp and Hurd next?
Once this documentary is aired and the current case is over, one question is whether they will be able to return to the work they once loved, enjoyed and prospered.
Heard Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is in post-production and will be released in 2023. She also just finished filming On fire and is in preparation for production Run away with mea love thriller about an American in Paris who falls in love with a model.
It is planned that Depp will continue to voice his character Johnny Puff in the short animated series Dead endswhich tells of the adventures of a bunch of funny little birds.
He is also in the process of preparing for a feature film Jeanne du Baribased on the story of Jeanne Becque, who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743.
She then climbed through the court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
Depp plays Louis XV.
Johnny vs. Amber The premiere will take place on May 26 at 9.30 pm AEST on the special channel Investigation Discovery (ID) and on Fetch