September 30, 2023

Amber Heard makes first major appearance since Johnny Depp trial at Italian film festival

Amber Heard’s New Movie ‘In The Fire’ Marks Her First Appearance In A Movie Since DC Studios Released ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ In 2021

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Amber Heard returns to the red carpet.

On Saturday, Deadline reported that 37-year-old Heard is expected to appear at the 69th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy on June 24 for the world premiere of her new film. Into the fire.

The premiere marks Heard’s first appearance as an advertiser for a movie since the end of the defamation lawsuit brought against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The trial ended on June 1, 2022, when a seven-member jury reached a verdict that largely sided with Depp, 60, though Heard won one of her three defamation counterclaims.

Heard is expected to be present in Sicily for In The Fire premiered alongside director Conor Allyn and her costar Eduardo Noriego, according to Deadline.

Representatives for Heard and the Taormina Film Festival did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment Monday.

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So says an official synopsis for the film available on the festival’s website Into the fire follows a widowed American psychiatrist who “arrives at a wealthy farm in Colombia after being called to solve the case of a disturbed child,” whose mother is concerned by a local priest’s accusation that the child is possessed by the devil.

“When the doctor arrives, she discovers that the boy’s mother is dead and that the father himself has come to believe in the possible possession of the child,” the synopsis reads.

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Heard, who moved to Madrid, Spain months after the defamation trial ended, was recently seen answering questions from local reporters in Spanish in a short video that circulated on TikTok.

“I love Spain so much,” Heard told reporters in Spanish in the video. When asked if she planned to stay, she replied, “Yes, I hope so.” Yes, I like living here.” Saying goodbye to the people who filmed her, the actress said: “I hope you are well, ciao. And thank you, nice to meet you.”

After being asked if she had any film projects in the offing, she confirmed she did, adding, “I’m moving on. That’s life.”

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Into the fire isn’t the only movie project Heard has in the offing — she’s expected to return as Mera Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which hits theaters in December. Heard appeared in a trailer for the film shown at CinemaCon 2023 that has not yet been released to the public.

A source previously told PEOPLE that Heard “couldn’t wait to leave the US with her daughter” after the trial. Heard, who is mum to 2-year-old daughter Oonagh Paige, “lives in Spain where she gets more privacy,” the source said.

“The process was extremely stressful for her and she just wanted to get out of the country fresh,” the source added. “She is excited to be back working and filming. She was exhausted and disappointed with the process. She felt mistreated. However, this is all behind her now.”

Heard revealed in December that she had reached a settlement and dropped their appeal against Virginia’s verdict. She wrote at the time that she felt it was “an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I tried to leave more than six years ago and on terms I agree to.”

Depp’s first movie since trial, Joan of Barryhad its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month.

The 69th Taormina Film Festival runs from June 23 to July 1.

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