Although Disney and Whitehall's management have remained tight-lipped over the reports, arguments spread over social media about the allegedly "stereotypical" role - and the fact it is played by a heterosexual man. "Especially so when you consider there are absolute hundreds of out gay men in Hollywood who are better actors than him", journalist Sophie Wilkinson wrote.
And while it's great to see that Disney is finally beginning to openly welcome LGBTQ+ characters into their films, fans are a bit disappointed that Whitehall, a straight man, is the one selected to play an openly gay character that appears to play very firmly within the bounds of harmful stereotypes against gay men.
"Could they seriously not pick someone actually gay?"one person tweeted".
According to a source who spoke to The Sun, it will be the biggest-paying role Whitehall has ever had, and Disney hopes to make an entire franchise out of the film along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean. "But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man - one who is hugely effete, very camp and very amusing".
The film is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name and now stars The Rock and Emily Blunt, with Whitehall joining to play Blunt's gay brother.
It's somewhat reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson's recent woes where she announced she planned to star as a trans man in an upcoming film.
And some say his sexuality shouldn't matter, since gay actors regularly play straight characters.
Representatives for Disney and Whitehall have been approached for comment.