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Jack Whitehall faces backlash as Disney's 'first gay man'

14 August 2018

United Kingdom amusing boy Jack Whitehall has been cast as Disney's first openly gay character in the upcoming film The Jungle Cruise, but not everyone is so excited about the progressive (for Disney) move.

Whitehall said he was "honoured" to be part of the film, which is now being shot.

Twitter users criticized Disney for overlooking gay actors to play the role.

"Could they seriously not pick someone actually gay?"one person tweeted".

Actor Chris Salvatore agreed, writing: "Such a dam shame it's so hard to find gay actors to play gay roles in hollywood".

Jungle Cruise is expected to hit cinemas in 2019.

Jungle Cruise is based on the Disneyland ride, and also stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson.

A source speaking to British tabloid The Sun described the character Whitehall is tipped to play as "hugely effete, very camp and very funny".

Scarlett Johansson stepped down from playing a transgender man in the film Rub & Tug, following concerns that the casting was insensitive.

However, others argued that actors playing characters different to themselves was nothing new.

Comedian James Barr also criticised the casting saying, it's not that it's a problem to cast a "fantastic straight ally to play a gay role". It's long overdue for Disney movies to feature an openly gay character, but it's unfortunate to think that this big step forward will take two steps back due to poor representation.

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".

Whitehall said he was "honoured" to play the role, seen as a pivotal moment in Disney's history.

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Jack Whitehall faces backlash as Disney's 'first gay man'