Friday, April 12, 2024

Exclusive: A Stealth TV Movie About Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is Cooking in Secret, Possibly at Lifetime


It used to be a Lifetime movie reenactment of a recent news story was as likely as a scandalous nymph appearing in a No Excuses jeans commercial.

So the good news is that it looks like Lifetime may be buzzing again. No confirmation yet, but a TV movie of some kind is definitely being made about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Casting is going on now, and every potential actor auditioning for role is being made to sign NDAs. They are strictly not allowed to talk about it.

And that’s why we know a little about it. So who will play Johnny, Amber, the judge, and a fun list of supporting characters including Amber’s sister? Knowing Lifetime, or that ilk, the principals will be unknowns. That’s the way they’ve done movies about the royals and so on. But wouldn’t it be great if they got James Franco, now hard up for work, to play Johnny? It’s so “meta,” which Franco loves. And Amber could be played by one of the women suing Franco in real life.

So stay tuned. And all tips are welcome in confidence at

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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