Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard’s high-profile defamation trial is going to be getting the TV movie treatment in an upcoming flick titled, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, which will stream exclusively on Fox’s streaming service Tubi.
Depp will be portrayed by Days of Our Lives star Mark Hapta, while Alone in the Dark actress Megan Davies has been cast as Heard, which follows the former couple’s tumultuous relationship in and out of court. Melisa Martey of Station 19 will take on the role of Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, and Law & Order: True Crime’s Mary Carrig will play Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft.
Tubi decided to fast-track the project “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,” Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer, said in a statement per Variety.
Despite Heard’s allegations of abuse throughout the six-week trial, which concluded in July, the jury found that a column she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic violence was defamatory and awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages to Depp, even though the article did not name him.
Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will be directed by Sara Lohman and written by Guy Nicolucci and premiere on September 30th on Tubi in the US.