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Disney will put openly gay character in "Jungle Cruise" feature

Disney casts Jack Whitehall as openly gay man in "Jungle Cruise."
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Disney is set to introduce audiences to its first openly gay character but some in the LGBT community aren't taking kindly to the news. 

Actor Jack Whitehall has been cast to co-star in Jungle Cruise, another Disney adaptation of one of their amusement park rides. 

The film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt and will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Whitehall confirmed his role on Instagram but he gave no details as far as that. 

A source to The Sun bolstered the casting news saying the character will be a “fun, effete” young man, and it will be made clear that he “has no interest in women.”

The source added: “This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever paycheck. But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man—one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny. It’s a dream role.”

“Disney’s always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community,” the individual added. “This latest script, set at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point.”

Disney came close to having an openly gay character in the live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast last year, but that was only implied. 

Of course, people have mixed feelings about Whitehall's casting news. Some argue that an openly gay actor should take the role. 

Omar Sharif Jr. posted, "Really @Disney #JungleCruise? Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? Fail! This ship should sink."

Comedian James Barr was a little more enthusiastic on his post, "It’s not that it’s a problem to cast a fantastic straight ally to play a gay role, it’s that there are so many gay actors that are under represented in all sorts of roles across the board... and so I think that this is, fantastic, but also a bit sad."

Last month Scarlett Johansson came under LGBT scrutiny when it was learned she would play a trans man. She eventually parted ways with the project issuing an apology. 

Further, openly gay Ruby Rose was also chastised by her own community for taking on the role of Batwoman in a CW series. She eventually wiped her Twitter account.