Over 1.5m sign petition to axe Amber Heard from Aquaman 2

Amber Heard is set to play love interest Mera in the sequel to 2018's Aquaman

Over 1.5m angry fans of Johnny Depp have signed a petition for the removal of Amber Heard from Aquaman 2.

The actress is set to play love interest Mera in Warner Bros.' sequel to James Wan's 2018 Aquaman.

Many rumours have been swirling around that Heard will be dropped in the aftermath of Johnny Depp losing his libel case against The Sun newspaper.

The online petition titled "Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2" is the latest in adding fuel to that fire.

The petition's aim is to gather 3 million signatures with the ultimate goal of getting Amber axed.

It claims: "Since Heard's divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood, repeating multiple accounts of fake incidents in which she had actually abused Johnny Depp, but lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser."

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Heard had previously hit back at these rumours last week when she said they have "no basis in reality".

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, she said: "I'm super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we'll be coming back. I'm so excited to film that.

"Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don't dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality. Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I'm excited to get started next year."

Warner Bros. has already confirmed that Aquaman 2 will hit cinemas on December 16, 2022, however, it is unclear when production will begin just yet.

No official announcement has been made on casting either but it would be a major surprise if Jason Momoa didn't return as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera.