The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial is getting new life. Tubi released an official trailer for the film Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial on Wednesday (September 28), starring Mark Hapka of Days of Our Lives and Megan Davis of American Horror Story.
America has been fascinated with this case, and media companies have moved quickly to capitalize on that. In July, NBC News debuted the documentary A Marriage on Trial: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and Truth in the Age of Social Media a month after the trial reached a verdict in favor of Depp.
Hot Take follows the relationship between the couples two months prior to the trial, which found both parties guilty of defamation. Depp will be paid $15 million in damages, but the jury’s decision was split, also awarding Heard $2 million in compensatory damages after deciding that one of the three statements at the center of Heard’s lawsuits was defamatory. Social media was a big point of contention throughout the trial. Heard’s attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft said, “There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it, and it was horrible. It really, really was lopsided.” However, Depp’s attorneys, Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, said there was “no reason to believe the jurors violated their oath” by engaging on social media.
The film alludes to the effect the media had on the trial, with an off-brand TikTok app showing a woman saying, “Girl just wants some attention.”
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial appears to take some language from the trial itself with expected dramatization. “This is not life — no one should have to go through this,” Depp (Hapka) says in the trailer. “I have the right to say what happened to me,” Heard (Davis) says.
According to Variety, Tubi fast-tracked the movie into production “to capture a timely take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, painting a unique picture of what millions watched play out in the headlines over the summer,” according to Tubi chief content officer Adam Lewinson.
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is out this Friday (September 30). Watch the full trailer below: