James Franco in talks to star as Marvel mutant Multiple Man in new Fox film
James Franco likes to multiply himself. Back in March 2015, he interviewed himself for Four Two Nine magazine, splitting himself into a “Straight James” and a “Gay James.” More recently, in HBO’s The Deuce, he played two different characters, the identical twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. But now the Franco clones are about to increase exponentially. EW has confirmed that the star of The Disaster Artist is in negotiations to play Multiple Man, a Marvel mutant from the X-Men universe with the ability to clone himself, in a new solo film of the same name. Deadline first reported the news.
According to Deadline‘s report, Multiple Man could also include a script by Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) and production from X-Men movie maestro Simon Kinberg, who’s also directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The film would focus on Jamie Madrox, a mutant with the ability to duplicate himself. Over the years this has proved an incredibly useful power, since Madrox can re-absorb his duplicates and gain all the memories they experienced during their independence. Sometimes this comes with complications, however; Peter David’s run on X-Factor revealed that Madrox’s duplicates sometimes manifest different aspects of his personality, from meek to nefarious.
Funny enough, this won’t be the first time Multiple Man has appeared on the big screen. Eric Dane played the character in X-Men: The Last Stand; in one memorable scene, he fooled the authorities pursuing the Brotherhood by filling an entire camp with his duplicates, allowing his erstwhile comrades to escape and attack Alcatraz. The new version will presumably be more in keeping with the recent trend of Fox’s X-Men movies, where instead of all tying into a single continuity, projects as diverse as Logan, Deadpool, The Gifted, and The New Mutants all explore their own genres and stories.