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AMBER HEARD (Kelly Porter), with starring roles in several upcoming film projects, is poised to rise in the ranks of Hollywood's leading ladies.

She was most recently seen starring alongside Seth Rogan and James Franco in Columbia Picture's Pineapple Express, for which she received the Breakthrough Award from Movieline's Young Hollywood Awards.

Amber just completed production as the female lead opposite Johnny Depp in the highly anticipated The Rum Diary, an adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel. She stars as Chenault, the woman at the center of a love triangle involving Depp and Aaron Eckhart, set in 1950s Puerto Rico. Heard has also signed on to star in John Carpenter's The Ward, about an institutionalized young woman who is terrorized by a ghost. The film is Carpenter's first in the director's chair in eight years and begins shooting in August.

She also will appear in a cameo role in Columbia's Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, opening in October 2009. Additionally, she has four completed projects being released over the next year: And Soon the Darkness, a horror/thriller in which she stars opposite Odette Yustman about two friends bicycling through Argentina who find themselves fighting for their lives against local outlaws, the independent The Ex-Terminators opposite Heather Graham and Jennifer Coolidge, The River Why with William Hurt and Zach Gilford, and The Joneses opposite Demi Moore and David Duchovny, in which she poses as the daughter in a picture perfect family that is actually a front put together by a marketing company.

Previous film credits include Never Back Down alongside Djimon Hounsou, Universal's Alpha Dog, directed by Nick Cassavetes, The Informers, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, the independent horror film sideFX, Universal Pictures' hugely successful box office adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights, as well as the Warner Bros. Academy Award® nominated North Country. Heard played Theron's character in flashbacks to when she was younger and has a major plot point that is pivotal to the story. Television credits include the female lead in Kevin Williamson's CW drama "Hidden Palms," a sexy series set in Palm Springs, "The O.C.," "The Mountain," and "Jack & Bobby."

Originally from Texas, Heard currently resides in Los Angeles.

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