Jack Whitehall to Play Disney’s First Openly Gay Character

But not everyone in the LGBTQ community is happy.

Jack Whitehall will play Disney’s first openly gay character in the upcoming adventure movie Jungle Cruise.

The film, loosely based on the ride of the same name, has been in the making for over a decade. It is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.

Whitehall confirmed on Instagram that he will appear in the film as well, but did not give away any details about his role.

However, according to The Sun, Whitehall’s character will be a “fun, effete” young man, and it will be made clear that he “has no interest in women.”

“This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever paycheck,” a source reportedly told the publication. “But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man—one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny. It’s a dream role.”

“Disney’s always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community,” the individual added. “This latest script, set at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point.”

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.

Not everyone is pleased with the news, with some taking to Twitter to voice their upset that Whitehall, a heterosexual man, will play a gay character, instead of the role going to a queer actor.

Comparisons are being made to the controversy that followed Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender individual. She has since dropped out of the project.

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