'Multiple Man': James Franco and James Franco and James Franco to Star in 'X-Men' Spin-off

'Multiple Man': James Franco and James Franco and James Franco to Star in 'X-Men' Spin-off

Nov 17, 2017

There's an ongoing joke about how James Franco has found a way to duplicate himself. That's how he's able to work on so many projects. His recent stint on the HBO series The Deuce allowed for the joke to seem to be truth. On the show, he acts opposite himself, playing twin brothers. Now it's even further being played with in the announceent (via Deadline) that Franco will star in an X-Men spin-off about the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man.

Jamie Madrox is the mutant superhero's real name. He was born with the gift and hardship of duplication. Basically, he can create many clones of himself, which comes in handy when you need an army-sized team to defeat a villain. In the comics, Multiple Man became best known as a member of X-Factor in the 1990s. He's often seen as a good guy who is part of a team of some kind. So a solo movie is an interesing venture. 

But it makes sense that this sort of character should be given his own installment of the franchise. Not just because a multitudinous person populates a lot of space but just historically clone stories have been enough for a singular plot. The best example of a movie about a person with numerous duplicates is the Michael Keaton comedy Multiplicity. Also, obviously, there are the clones in the Star Wars prequels that took part in the Clone Wars.

Franco, who is currently receiving raves and Oscar buzz for his role as filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, is no stranger to Marvel superhero movies. He played Harry Osborn, who eventually became the new Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Mulitiple Man has also appeared on the big screen before, having been portrayed as a villainous follower of Magneto in X-Men: The Last Stand, by actor Eric Dane (see the video above). 

X-Men franchise staple Simon Kinberg is producing this Multiple Man vehicle with Franco, while Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg has been hired to deliver the script. While it's unknown when this movie will begin shooting, let alone when it will be released, Fox has previously announced the scheduling of unknown X-Men movies through 2021. Presumably the studio will get this in the works soon for one of the two 2019 dates. 

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