Another day, another overblown internet controversy…
The Sun reports British comedian Jack Whitehall has been tapped to play Disney’s first openly gay major character in the upcoming film The Jungle Cruise. Inspired by the eponymous Disneyland ride, the movie will also star Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Whitehall announced the casting news on Instagram writing, in part, that he was “honoured to be part of this epic adventure.”
I’m so honoured to be part of this epic adventure – @disneysjunglecruise. Filming is underway and I am having the time of my life with my amazing co stars. It’s so cool to be part of something of this scale and also as possibly one of the biggest Disney nerds on the planet so exciting to be working on a project with this much history. Watch to the end of this video and see the most incredible set I’ve ever seen. They built it from the ground up and walking onto it for the first time a month ago was like stepping back in time. Can’t wait for you to see this film… #junglecruise
The straight 30-year-old actor will reportedly play the brother of Blunt’s character. He’s described as “hugely effete, very camp and very funny,” according to the Sun’s source. This description seemed to bother a handful of internet goers, who quickly took to Twitter to express disappointment in Disney’s casting choice.
And, because this is the internet we’re talking about, there were those who had a problem with people having a problem over Whitehall’s casting.
You may remember, we got our first glimpse of a gay Disney character last year in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, when the character in question, LeFou, was shown dancing with a man for all of two seconds.
The Jungle Cruise is rumored to hit theaters in October 2019, so it’ll still be a minute before we can properly judge Disney’s handling of Whitehall’s character.
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