An image of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as Mera from the Aquaman movies has gone viral, and fans are obsessed.
It comes after fans have begged for Clarke to replace the current and much more controversial cast for Mera — Amber Heard — in the movie’s sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Heard’s place in the franchise is very much up for contention after her highly publicised 6-week long defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp earlier this year. The thirty-six-year-old lost against the Pirates of the Caribbean star, who sued her as a result of her op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she alluded to Depp being her abuser.
The pair originally married back in 2015, but were divorced by 2017. The actress claimed that she “endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” from Depp, which “included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults”.
The case resulted in a loss for Heard, who was ordered to pay $5 million in punitive damages, although this was reduced to $350,000 later on.
During this whole debacle, Heard’s position as Mera was very much up for contention. It was rumoured that the star had been dropped by Warner Bros, however these remain unconfirmed.
Reports from September suggest that the actress is still set to star in the sequel, but fans aren’t so sure.
Even Google seems to be confused about the situation, as when you search the movie Clarke comes up as one of the suggested cast members, alongside confirmed stars Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck and Nicole Kidman.
The sequel is slated for release at the end of 2023 after numerous delays due to COVID. James Wan, whose credits include Insidious and The Conjuring, returns to direct the second movie, as does writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who is known for Orphan and Red Riding Hood.
Heard played the role in the franchise’s first film back in 2018. She received lukewarm reviews in the role, but then so did Aquaman as a whole.
Refinery 29 said: “While Heard is more than a match for Momoa, I wish Aquaman didn’t so want to peg her as a love interest.”
However, The New York Times wrote: “Poor Amber Heard has to perform her scenes in a scarlet wig and emerald green costume and do superpower acting with her mouth agape. She looks like she ate forty Katy Perry songs and is belching them up.”
The fan-created image of Clarke in the role has peaked serious interest from the internet. This is no doubt due to Heard’s dubious reputation, but also because Clarke and Momoa (Mera’s love interest in the movie) already have history after working on Game of Thrones together.
The pair worked together on Game of Thrones, and it has to be said that their chemistry was pretty legendary.
Fans took to the comments section of the image to share their thoughts.
“I’m here for it,” wrote one fan.
Another said: “This would be perfect.”
A third wrote: “And we already know they have great chemistry! Hope our Khal and Khaleesi will be reunited again!”