A backlash followed the news that Jack Whitehall was cast in Jungle Cruise, a new live action Disney film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. While neither Whitehall nor Disney described the role, a report in the Sun claims Whitehall would be playing an openly gay character. The report described the role as "one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny."
Whitehall is straight, which immediately put Twitter up in arms. Actor Omar Sharif Jr. tweeted: "Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? Fail! This ship should sink."
Others likened the casting "fail" to that of Scarlett Johansson playing a trans man in Rub & Tug. Following outrage to ScarJo's casting, the film was canceled.