Jack Whitehall will play Disney's first openly gay character

Jack Whitehall

Disney chiefs are yet to respond to the backlash.

Whitehall will play Blunt's brother, who according to a report by The Sun, is "a gay man - one who is hugely effete, very camp and very amusing".

Based on a Disneyland theme park ride, Jungle Cruise, released next October, follows travellers who take a riverboat adventure through a "supernatural" jungle filled with unsafe animals and reptiles.

Jack's role is rumoured to be "hugely effete, very camp and very funny" and some people have argued that having a straight man act like this is "perpetuating stereotypes".

According to a source who spoke to The Sun, it will be the biggest-paying role Whitehall has ever had, and Disney hopes to make an entire franchise out of the film along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean.

"It's that there are so many gay actors that are under represented in all sorts of roles across the board. and so I think that this is, fantastic, but also a bit sad". While some hold firmly to the stance that actors should be allowed to play characters who are different than themselves, many have pointed out that the problem isn't with Whitehall portraying a character.

Condemnation from the gay community was not universal however, as British Member of Parliament Wes Streeting wrote that casting actors purely on the basis of sexuality would encourage "typecasting" of gay stars. The casting decision also comes just days after LGBTQ+ actor Ruby Rose was chased off of Twitter for being cast as Batwoman in an upcoming CW series.

Jack will appear alongside Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Jungle Cruise, a film based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name.

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