There won’t be a red carpet in front of the Fairfax County courtroom, but some prominent people are expected to attend Johnny Depp’s now $100 million defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard when it finally begins next month.

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If the latest summary judgement motion set for a March 24 hearing survives, James Franco, WandaVision star Paul Bettany, Elon Musk, and representatives of the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, and the Los Angeles Police Department will join friends, family, lawyers, and other associates of the formerly-married Rum Diary co-stars in the Virginia courtroom. In addition, Depp and Heard’s private correspondence with some of Hollywood’s top stars and power leaders will be made public.

Beginning with a $50 million defamation suit filed by the former Pirates of the Caribbean star in March 2019 over a Washington Post op-ed about domestic abuse written by Heard in late 2018, the couple’s bitter and increasingly scorched-earth feud is now slated to go to trial beginning April 11.

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After failing to have the case transferred to California and dismissed, the Aquaman actor countersued her litigious ex-husband in September 2020 for $100 million. After losing his UK libel suit against Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun tabloid in November 2020 for dubbing him a “wife beater,” and being granted an appeal in March 2021, Depp also fell short in January 2021 in his attempt to have Heard’s multimillion-dollar countersuit dismissed.

Both Depp and Heard are now scheduled to testify in person in Judge Penney S. Azcarate’s courtroom during the trial, which is likely to last less than two weeks. Depp brought both Franco and SpaceX CEO Musk into this issue, accusing them of having relationships with Heard. They’ve been added to Heard’s list of witnesses; the 2011 Oscar nominee and one of the world’s wealthiest men will appear in court via WebEx video link.

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Ellen Barkin, who gave a damning deposition in Depp’s UK libel action over two years ago, is also on Heard’s witness list in this trial.

Heard’s list, which was submitted to the Virginia state court on March 15, includes the Animal Kingdom actress taking a deposition in this lawsuit, as well as Depp’s fired (and sued) ex-lawyer Jacob Bloom. As part of the proceedings, a Praetorian Guard containing a “Custodian of Records/Corporate Designee” representing Warner Bros, the LAPD, the ACLU, Disney, and WME Entertainment will provide business records declarations.

Paul Bettany, an Avengers alum and Depp buddy, is on the 21 Jump Street actor’s March 14 submitted 38-subject witness list to testify “through video link.” Bettany is not a witness in Depp’s UK prosecution after being brought in by the reading of extended texts between the two that detailed “burning,” “drowning,” and having sex with Heard’s “burnt corpse.”

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Bettany’s 2015 correspondence with Depp, on the other hand, is on Heard’s 1530-item exhibit list.

Texts between Heard and her Aguaman co-star Jason Momoa, as well as director James Wan, are also included in the extensive exhibit list. There is correspondence with original Justice League director Zack Synder, as well as emails from CAA kingpin Bryan Lourd from 2018. Emails exchanged between Depp and Fantastic Beasts writer J.K. Rowling, as well as musician Jack White, are also included.

The exhibit list also includes articles from a variety of sites, about the Depp/Heard marriage and the ensuing court squabbles, as well as years’ worth of tax returns and film contracts. There are apparently hours of security camera footage, photos of a bruised and abused Heard, and images of drugs reportedly belonging to Depp.

Overall, between the witness lists and the lengthy evidence list provided by Heard’s attorney, Eliane Bredehoft, there appear to be few unturned pebbles at this stage. And we haven’t even seen Depp’s exhibit list yet.

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Depp first filed the case a few years after he and Heard split, amidst restraining orders and a $7 million payout from the actor, to express his perspective on the relationship.

“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” Depp’s spring 2019 suit has been revealed.

Depp and his legal team and advisors have continuously declared Heard a liar and questioned how much of the $7 million settlement she actually donated to L.A.’s Children Hospital Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, as promised, throughout the legal ups and downs.

The purpose of investigating the charity donations was clearly to undercut Heard’s reputation. The move gathered traction in early 2021 when Heard’s top lawyer conceded it wasn’t as simple as it seemed.

“Amber has already been responsible for seven figures in donations to charitable causes and intends to continue to contribute and eventually fulfill her pledge,” Bredehoft, who is based in Reston, Virginia, told Deadline at the time.

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As his followers have frequently and unsuccessfully attempted to get Heard dropped from film projects, Hollywood Vampires guitarist Depp has been on a tour of further away festivals over the last year, where he has advocated his case to the public.

“It doesn’t matter if a judgement, per se, has taken some artistic license,” last September, the sacked Fantastic Beasts actor spoke at the San Sebastian Film Festival on so-called cancel culture and his own damaged career. “When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down.”

Furthermore, in a potentially career-defining move, Depp will appear in court next month to assist fight his long-dormant case — for better or worse.