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James Franco to Star in 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Multiple Man'

18 November 2017

James Franco is reportedly set to star in an upcoming movie as Jamie Madrox, the mutant known as Multiple Man. The film will be written by Wonder Woman's screenwriter Allan Heinberg and Simon Kinberg, who's now directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will produce the picture.

In the comics, Multiple Man (a.k.a. Jamie Madrox) is part of the X-Men universe and gained his mutant powers at birth. He is a mutant who has the ability to create "dupes" - flawless replicas of himself - and absorb them back into himself, gaining their memories, knowledge and skills.

The eldest Franco brother is rumoured to be in negotiations to play Multiple Man in a spin-off movie by X-Men producer Simon Kinberg.

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The X-Men movie universe continues with The New Mutants on April 13th; Deadpool 2 on June 1st; and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2nd.

Franco is no stranger to the superhero world - he previously played Harry Osborn in three Spider-Man films. The movie portrayed him as a villain, played by Eric Dane. The studio has also announced that Channing Tatum's long in-development Gambit film will release on February 14, 2019.

It's not hard to see why an "artist's artist" like Franco would fine that kind of character appealing, with the ability to stack multiple performances at once. Instead, he's most commonly associated with a team of mutants called X-Factor, which in 2005 was reimagined as a detective agency called X-Factor Investigations by the writer Peter David. However, with The Last Stand butchering stories for the likes of Mystique, Angel, and Juggernaut, Multiple Man was the least of anyone's worries in the grand scheme of things.

James Franco to Star in 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Multiple Man'