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Jack Whitehall As Disney’s First Openly Gay Character Sparks Controversey

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Whitehall is set to star alongside Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s  film ‘Jungle Cruise’, which is due to be released next year.

The upcoming adventure film is based on a roller coaster of the same name, which is a hugely popular attraction across a number of Disney Parks.

The film is set to be one of a number of LGBTQ+ themed films released over the past year, with ‘Love, Simon’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ each being a big success in cinemas.

According to The Sun, Whitehall’s character is set to be ‘fun’ and ‘effete’ with ‘no interest in women’.

Whitehall stated that he was ‘honored to be part of this epic adventure’ in a recent Instagram post.

 

 

Disney’s casting has sparked controversy however, with actors such as Omar Sharif Jr taking to Twitter to condemn Disney’s choice:

‘Eating Out’ star Chris Salvatore also voiced his disapproval:

The controversy surrounding Whitehall follows soon after Scarlett Johansson faced backlash after announcing that she would be playing the role of a transgender man in the upcoming film’Rub & Tug’. Following the row, Johansson withdrew from the film and stated in an interview to Out magazine that she chose to do so “in light of recent ethical questions”.

Love Disney? Check out this sneak peak of the upcoming live action ‘Dumbo’, directed by Tim Burton.

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