Of all the studios, Disney is the one that is famous for being the least inclusive of members of the LGBT community in its actual films according to studies conducted by GLAAD and other special interest groups.
The studio famously teased its first gay character ever with Josh Gad’s Le Fou in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” but never followed through on it aside from a brief one second shot in the film expressing it (subtly).
Now the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of its theme park ride “Jungle Cruise” could be making history as British tabloid The Sun reports that the character played by straight British comedian Jack Whitehall in the new film will be openly gay – or more specifically a “hugely effete, very camp and very funny” young man who makes it clear he has no interest in women.
The report hasn’t been confirmed by Disney at this time and originates from a British tabloid so take that with a grain of salt. Whitehall plays the brother of Emily Blunt’s female lead character in the film which is currently shooting in Los Angeles. The pair hires Dwayne Johnson’s riverboat captain for an expedition.