The Rock shares first picture of a terrified Jack Whitehall as Disney's 'first openly gay character'

The beefcake actor posted a shot on Instagram showing a terrified-looking Jack clutching a snake on the set of The Jungle Cruise.

He captioned the pic: "On set of our DISNEY’S JUNGLE CRUISE and I made friends with a big ‘ol hungry Anaconda.
"While my brave co-star and good buddy @jackwhitehall did his best to smile thru his fear of snakes.
"Good times with the animals of the Amazon.
"Next, me and Jack will swim with the piranhas.. completely against his will.  The adventure of the lifetime."

Earlier this month, The Sun revealed the British comic will play a “fun, effete” young man in forthcoming blockbuster.

The Walt Disney Pictures movie — due for release next year — is set in the 19th century.

In it the Bad Education star makes clear he has no interest in women.

The news that Jack would play the first "openly gay" character was hailed as a "turning point" for the studio.

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.”

The film is based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a riverboat takes travellers through a dangerous jungle.

Currently filming in Los Angeles, the movie is set to be one of the biggest productions of 2019.

Jack is understood to have landed a seven-figure deal for the role in which he plays the brother of co-star Emily Blunt.

It is the first time Disney has written a gay character into one of its films.

But last year’s Beauty And The Beast featured the corporation’s first “gay moment” when 37-year-old Josh Gad’s character LeFou flirts with Gaston played by Luke Evans, 39.

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