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Jack Whitehall to play Disney’s first ‘openly gay’ character

scandal 14/08/2018

Jack Whitehall will reportedly play Disney’s first openly gay character in the forthcoming action adventure The Jungle Cruise.

The British comedian will star alongside Emily Blunt and The Rock in the film, which is described as a “turning point” in Disney’s history.

The film reportedly takes place in the 19th century - a time when LGBTQI rights were basically non-existent.

According to The Sun, Whitehall will take the role of a “fun, effete” man who “makes clear he has no interest in women”.

“Disney’s always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community.

“This latest script, set at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point.”

The film is reportedly based on Disneyland’s ride of the same name, where travellers are taken on a boat ride through a perilous jungle.

Last year, Disney’s live action take on Beauty & The Beast featured the House of Mouse’s first “exclusively gay” movement.

It came during an exchange between LeFou (Josh Gad) and the villainous Gaston.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon revealed.