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A Look Into Some of the Most Important Films in Amber Heard’s Career

The first leaked photo of Amber Heard as Mera in Zack Snyder's original Justice League production
The first leaked photo of Amber Heard as Mera in Zack Snyder's original Justice League production

Amber Heard – Many often abandon their day jobs and education to pursue their passions, and Amber Heard is just one of many to pursue an acting career. 

Like many young girls who dreamed of making it in Hollywood, Heard dropped out of high school to start a career in entertainment. 

She moved to Los Angeles and took on minor roles, climbing her way into the mainstream scene.

Since then, Amber Heard has appeared in several blockbusters.

Here we take a look at some of the significant films Heard has made over her career.

Friday Night Lights (2004)

The sports drama marks Amber Heard’s big-screen debut, wherein she played Maria. Although it was a small role, Friday Night Lights would pave the way for her career.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

Although she managed to bag a couple of roles, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is Amber Heard’s first stint in the horror genre. 

Amber Heard plays the titular character where the character is stuck in a secluded ranch house with a group of high schoolers stalked by a ruthless killer.

Never Back Down (2008)

Never Back Down is considered by many as the MMA version of The Karate Kid (1984), wherein newcomer Jake Tyler (Sean Faris)gets himself involved in the world of MMA after getting humiliated by a bully (Cam Gigandet).

Heard plays love interest Baja Miller.

Pineapple Express (2008)

The stoner comedy features Seth Rogen and James Franco on the run from a hitman and corrupt policemen after witnessing them commit a murder.

Heard plays Angie Anderson, Rogen’s girlfriend.

Zombieland (2009)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, the film features an incredible roster of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and a cameo by Bill Murray. 

Amber Heard plays Eisenberg’s neighbor across the hall, who also becomes a zombie.

The Stepfather (2009)

A remake of the 1987 film and loosely based on the crimes of mass murderer John List, the plot revolves around Dylan Walsh’s character as he changes his identity after murdering another family.

Amber Heard plays protagonist Penn Badgley’s girlfriend, Kelly Porter.

The Ward (2010)

The Ward is a supernatural psychological horror film by legendary director John Carpenter.

Heard plays Kristen, who gets institutionalized after setting an abandoned farmhouse on fire. At the ward, she is haunted by the ghost of a former inmate.

The Rum Diary (2011)

The Rum Diary is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel and features Johnny Depp as author Paul Kemp struggling to find a job in his field after his attempts to sell a book fails.

Heard plays Chenault, an engaged woman who falls for Kemp.

This film is notable for sparking the romance between Heard and Depp, which ultimately led to a divorce and the worldwide coverage of what transpired in their marriage.

3 Days to Kill (2014)

3 Days to Kill is an action thriller film with Kevin Costner as CIA agent Ethan Renner, who attempts to reconcile with his family before terminal cancer takes him.

Heard plays CIA assassin Vivi Delay, who hires Renner to help track her target, offering an experimental drug that could extend his life.

The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girl is a fictional biographical film based on the David Ebershoff novel, loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

The film recounts how Lili Elbe transitioned into the historical icon she is known for today. 

Heard plays a fictional interpretation of Ulla Paulson, who encourages Lili to visit a Dr. Kurt Warnekros.

Justice League (2017)

Based on the DC characters, the Justice League was directed by Joss Whedon after original director Zack Snyder stepped down.

Whedon’s direction diverged from Snyder’s plan and sees Ben Affleck’s Batman pull a team together to face the incoming danger of Steppenwolf.

Amber Heard plays Atlantean princess Mera

Aquaman (2018)

Another DC project, Amber Heard reprises the role of Mera as she assists Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry in preventing a war between Atlantis and the surface world.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

The restored version of Zack Snyder’s vision for the Justice League film sees Heard’s Mera play a more important role in an alternate future where Darkseid wins.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (post-production and set for a 2023 release)

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the upcoming sequel to the 2018 Aquaman film.

Despite the outcry for Heard to be replaced as Mera in the film following the recent defamation trial, Amber Heard is set to remain in the film.

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