Disney to Feature First Gay Character in ‘Jungle Cruise’

By Emilie Cochran | August 13, 2018 | 3:01pm EDT
Actor Jack Whitehall. 

One of Disney’s newest movies, “Jungle Cruise” will have Disney’s first openly gay character.

According to an exclusive report from The Sun, British actor Jack Whitehall was casted to play the gay brother of Emily Blunt’s character in the film.

“It is the first time Disney has written a gay character into one of its films,” The Sun said.

There has been some backlash this to Disney’s choice of actor for the role. Egyptian-Canadian actor Omar Sharif Jr. said on Twitter, Aug. 13, “Really @Disney #JungleCruise ? Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? Fail! This ship should sink.”

Actors Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson on the set of "Jungle Cruise."  (YouTube)

Last March, Disney released “Beauty and the Beast,” which had Disney’s first “gay moment” when LeFou, played by Josh Gad, flirted with Gaston, played by Luke Evans.

“Jungle Cruise” is based on the theme park ride at Disneyland that takes passengers through a jungle full of dangerous animals and reptiles with an added supernatural element, according to Internet Movie Database.

The film is set to premiere in the United States on Oct. 11, 2019.

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