The controversial libel case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is the subject of a new movie, “Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial,” which debuts exclusively on the free Tubi streaming service.
The film stars Mark Hapka (“Parallels”, “Days of Our Lives”) as Depp and Megan Davis (“Alone in the Dark”) as Heard. It premieres Friday, September 30 on Fox’s Tubi. Melissa Marty (“Station 19”) will join Hapka and Davis as Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez and Mary Carrig (“Law & Order True Crime”) as Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft.
“Hot Take” follows the tumultuous relationship — in and out of court — of Depp and Heard, dramatizing the two-month defamation trial that concluded on June 1, in which the jury ruled that Heard had defamed Depp by alluding to charges. of domestic violence against him in a December 2018 op-ed. The jury also held Depp liable for a defamatory statement by his attorney about Heard.
“Hot Take” comes from Fox Entertainment’s MarVista Entertainment. The film is written by Guy Nicolucci (“The Daily Show”) and directed by Sara Lohman (“Secrets in the Woods”).
The film was accelerated into production by Tubi and MarVista “to capture a current take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, and paint a unique picture of what millions of people saw playing in the headlines over the summer.” Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer, said in a statement.
“‘Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial’ is one of many current, culturally relevant original films emerging from our growing collaboration and a series of films co-produced with Tubi,” said Hannah Pillemer, EVP creative of affairs for MarVista. “Connecting viewers to stories with this kind of social currency and current affairs makes them a must watch for any pop culture or celebrity drama fan.”
The film is executive produced by Brittany Clemons, Angie Day, Marianne C. Wunch, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew. Autumn Federici and Kristifor Cvijetic serve as producers under their Ninth House banner.
Pictured above: Mark Hapka, Johnny Depp