For all the progress Hollywood's supposedly trying to make, some casting decisions sometimes appear a bit... outdated.
Amber Heard, who is 31 years old, has officially been cast to play the mother of 18-year-old actor Charlie Plummer in upcoming indie drama "Gully."
It's unclear what age Heard's character is supposed to be in the film, but if the movie depicted their true ages, Heard would have given birth to Plummer at 12 years old.
Amber Heard out and about
Amber Heard out and about
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Amber Heard attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 06: Amber Heard attends The Art Of Elysium's 11th Annual Celebration with John Legend at Barker Hangar on January 6, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Art Of Elysium )
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Amber Heard attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Star on November 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Amber Heard arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Amber Heard attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 07: Actress Amber Heard attends the 4th annual unite4:humanity Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Actress Amber Heard speaks on stage during the 2nd Annual Pride & Prejudice Summit at 10 on The Park on March 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
Amber Heard arrives at the 'The Art of Elysium' - 'HEAVEN' 20th Anniversary Celebration in Hollywood, California on January 7, 2017 (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images) EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally retouched
Actress Amber Heard attends 2016 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards in Hollywood, California, on November 14, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Model/actress Amber Heard attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actress Amber Heard attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Actress Amber Heard arrives at A24/DIRECTV's 'The Adderall Diaires' premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend Art of Elysium's 9th Annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 02, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 21:Amber Heard attends the premiere of Focus Features' 'The Danish Girl' at Westwood Village Theatre on November 21, 2015 in Westwood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Amber Heard poses in the press room during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Amber Heard attends the premiere of Black Mass at London Film Festival at Odeon, Leicester Square. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
BROOKLINE, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the Boston premiere of 'Black Mass' at Coolidge Corner Theater on September 15, 2015 in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive at the 'Black Mass' premiere during 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at The Elgin Theatre on September 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Amber Heard attends the premiere of 'The Danish Girl' at Princess of Wales Theatre during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Walter McBride/FilmMagic)
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"Amber Heard is 31 and she is already getting roles playing the mother in movies," one Twitter user mused.
"Gully" is directed by Nabil Elderkin. The film follows "three disaffected teenagers, all victims of childhood trauma, who are running a hedonistic riot," Variety reports.
For some, the casting news may reinforce the notion that female actresses are "aged out" of Hollywood -- as male actors get older, their love interests get younger.
“Honestly, it’s so annoying," Helen Mirren said in 2015. "We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying."
5 unhealthy mistakes that make you age faster
5 unhealthy mistakes that make you age faster
1. You aren’t sleeping enough
You’ve heard it a thousand times before — not getting enough sleep is the worst thing in the world for your health, and it can even contribute to diseases later on. You may think you’re fine on the five hours of sleep you got last night, but sleeping too little can do serious damage to your skin, which can make you look way older than you are. According to skin care specialist Annmarie Gianni’s blog, studies have shown those who don’t get quality sleep each night had increased signs of skin aging, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and reduced elasticity. For those with acne, getting enough rest is particularly important to preserve a youthful look, as the skin heals when you’re asleep. Start getting at least seven to eight hours per night to ensure youthful skin.
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2. You’re eating too much sugar
Sugary drinks and store-bought cookies aren’t just bad for your waistline, they’ll wreak havoc on your looks. Consuming too much processed, sugary food can make your skin look dull. According to research published in 2013, people with the highest blood sugar levels look older. The study involved more than 600 men and women who had no knowledge of their blood sugar levels. A board was asked to guess the age of participants without knowing anything about them, and those who had the highest blood sugar levels were thought to be older.
And consider you may even feel older from the way refined sugars can sap your energy. If you want something sweet, do yourself a favor and reach for the apple instead of the cookie jar.
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3. You’re always stressed
If you’re constantly thinking about the groceries you need to buy, the clothes you need to wash, and the deadlines at work you need to hit, then it’s time to take a deep breath and relax. Not only can chronic stress ruin your sleep patterns and increase your risk for heart disease, but it can also make you look 10 years older than you actually are. Stress chemicals are released into your body when you’re always anxious, which slowly results in a more aged appearance, says The Huffington Post.
If your job is what’s stressing you out, then you’ll want to practice some meditation and mini desk workouts to lighten your mood. The same story mentions a 2012 study published to the journal PLOS ONE shows your DNA may actually be affected by the exhaustion and frustrations you experience at work. Those who worked more stressful jobs were more affected, the story explains, which can actually increase the risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and cancer.
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4. You’re always crash dieting
If you’re always jumping from diet to diet in the hopes of getting your body to where you want it to be, then it’s best to stop while you’re ahead. Making healthy food choices and exercise are great for wellness, but jumping aboard a crash diet is almost always going to set you up for failure.
These diets can also age you dramatically. According to the Miami Herald, fad eating plans often rob us of essential fats, which our skin needs to help retain moisture. Cutting out food groups is a bad choice, too, because you may not get enough of the antioxidants that protect skin from the sun and other types of damage.
5. You wash your hands and face too much
We all want to have perfect skin and clean hands, but all of that washing can do serious damage to your skin and quickly age you. When it comes to your face, use a gentle cleanser without added fragrance, and this goes for tall skin types. While those prone to acne are likely to reach for the products that have benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to keep their skin issues at bay, these ingredients strip the skin and cause severe dryness and irritation that can lead to wrinkles and a dull, aged look. And don’t forget to moisturize, either.
While you may be more concerned with your face than your hands, your hands show signs of aging, too. Daily Express explains washing your hands over and over again during the day dehydrates them, leading to wrinkly, aged skin. If you find your hands are dry and cracked from all of the washing, try massaging them with cream, then slipping on some gloves. The natural heat of your hands and the barrier from the gloves will allow the cream to penetrate deep into the skin, giving you ultra soft skin.