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Netflix drops trailer for ‘DEPP v. HEARD’ docuseries

By Louise Andrea Buates Published Jul 28, 2023 2:05 pm

One year after Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard concluded in Fairfax, Virginia, Netflix will reexamine the highly publicized trial and its cultural impact through the docuseries DEPP v HEARD.

In the trailer released July 27, the streaming giant reveals that the docuseries will not only focus on what went down in the court proceedings for six weeks, but it will mostly explore the role that social media played and how it might have influenced the result of the trial.  

One of the voiceovers in the two-minute clip states, “This is not much about the legal merits, but rather what the public perception is.”  

It mentions that the high-profile case had over 200 hours of live-streamed coverage and has transformed from a typical news story or lawsuit to a cultural moment. Netflix even described the case as the “first Trial by TikTok.”  

According to an article published on Netflix’s Tudum, the docuseries has the “goal of presenting a neutral overview of what happens when the court of public opinion starts to overshadow reality.” 

Going beyond the courtroom of the sensational case, the docuseries will also tackle how attention and engagement that led to public speculation may have ultimately shaped the trial’s outcome. 

The article also stated that the docuseries might reveal additional information on a story that “everyone thinks they already know.” 

The docuseries is composed of three 47-minute episodes and will premiere on Netflix on August 16.