Jack Whitehall to Play First Gay Disney Character in ‘The Jungle Cruise’

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2018

Although Disney and Whitehall's management have remained tight-lipped over the reports, arguments spread over social media about the allegedly "stereotypical" role - and the fact it is played by a heterosexual man.

Whitehall, 30, will reportedly receive a seven-figure sum to play the role of a "fun, effete young man" who "makes clear he has no interest in women" alongside co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in the Disney film.

The comedian has confirmed he is set to star in Jungle Cruise, and The Sun reported that he would play a character who was "hugely effete, very camp", with a source claiming: "He is playing a gay man".

"Disney's always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community", the individual added.

Disney and Whitehall haven't responded to the criticism yet, but the internet is already alight with opinions.

Chris Salvatore, the star of the gay sex comedy Eating Out tweeted: "Such a dam (sic) shame it's so hard to find gay actors to play gay roles in hollywood (eye-rolling emoji)".

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Jr, shared his ire on Twitter: 'Really? However, they plan to change that in the upcoming movie Jungle Cruise, casting actor Jack Whitehall to play an openly gay man.

Critics are now asking why a gay actor was not picked for the part.

A few people on social media have complained about a straight man playing a gay role.

Last year's live-action Beauty and the Beast included a scene that hinted at LeFou's homosexuality, which was enough to upset many conservatives but still did not constitute a fully realized gay character.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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