Movies 15.8.2018 10:17 am

Disney to feature first gay character in upcoming film

Jack Whitehall. Picture: AFP/Justin Tallis

Jack Whitehall. Picture: AFP/Justin Tallis

British actor Jack Whitehall is to play the first openly gay character in the Magic Kingdom universe.

British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall will play a gay character in Disney’s next adventure film Jungle Cruise, to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Inspired by the eponymous Disney World theme-park ride, the film will tell the tale of a jungle expedition to find a medicinal tree, which finds itself beset by all kinds of dangers.

Described as a turning point in the history of Disney, the film will see Whitehall, who plays the lead in the TV series Fresh Meat, Emily Blunt and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson embark on a wild adventure in the heart of the jungle.

The film will be set in the 19th century, a time when homosexuality was not very socially acceptable. Whitehall will play the brother of Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), an amusing and effeminate man who shows no interest in the opposite sex.

The feature is due for release in October 2019. The cast of Jungle Cruise will also include Edgar Ramirez and Paul Giamatti, who played Freeman in the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.

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