Add Amber Heard to the growing docket of lawsuits over London Fields, which was to debut at Toronto last year before being pulled amid legal wrangling between the pic’s director and producers. Now the actress, who is set to play Mera in a pair of Justice League movies for Warner Bros, is being sued for $10 million over her “refusal to comply with her contractual obligations.”
The noirish dark thriller, based on Martin Amis’ 1989 novel, focuses on Nicola Six (Heard), a clairvoyant femme fatale who has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men, one of whom she knows will be her murderer. Lionsgate/Grindstone picked up the title during Toronto 2015, a day before director Mathew Cullen sued producers Christopher Hanley and Jordan Gertner, claiming that they hijacked the film and never paid him. Now the producers are suing Heard for $10 million for not “complying with her clear-cut contractual obligations.”
“Heard had previously also, in concert with other actors in the Picture, engaged in the following improper conduct: failing to render acting services in conformance with the shooting script; conspiring with Cullen to make unauthorized, material changes to the shooting script; aiding Cullen and conspiring with him to violate his contractual agreements with Plaintiff; and failing to render ADR services in accordance with her contractual obligations and conspiring with others to do the same,” alleges the 24-page complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here). “Additionally, Heard participated in a concerted campaign of disinformation against Plaintiff and the Picture, which has significantly damaged both. As a result of Beard ‘s tortious misconduct and breaches, the Picture remains in limbo-its sale, distribution, and release have been thwarted, and the investments of Plaintiff and the Picture’s other investors have been severely, if not irreparably, harmed.”
Attorneys Mathew Rosengart and Robert Gruber of Greenbarg Traurig in Los Angeles are repping the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial and claims breach of contract and more.