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Jack Whitehall to play Disney’s first-ever gay character

The comedian's new role is being hailed as a 'turning point' in film history

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Jack Whitehall is set to play Disney’s first ever gay character.

According to The Sun, the British comedian will play a “fun, effete” young man in The Jungle Cruise – which will also star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.

The film, which will hit cinemas next year, is set in the 19th century – and is based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a riverboat takes travellers through a dangerous jungle.

A source said: “This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever pay cheque.”

“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.

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

Production is currently underway in Los Angeles, and Disney are reportedly planning to develop it as a franchise.