Fresh off playing twin brothers on HBO series "The Deuce," James Franco will next portray a bunch of clones of himself on the big screen: The actor is reportedly set to star in the "X-Men" spinoff "Multiple Man."
Deadline reports that Franco will star in and produce the flick alongside longtime "X-Men" producer Simon Kinberg, as well as his brother, Dave Franco. "Wonder Woman" writer Allan Heinberg is reportedly attached to pen the script.
"Multiple Man" exists in the "X-Men" universe and revolves around the titular hero, alias Jamie Madrox, who has the power to clone himself (though he can't necessarily control it). It's a pretty bonkers-sounding concept, explained here by Deadline:
Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by X-Men patriarch Professor Xavier — lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy. His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
Franco has a penchant for selecting oddball characters to play on the big screen, and this certainly fits the bill. Fox has had a hard time getting some of its "X-Men" spinoff properties off the ground (see: the ongoing struggle to make Channing Tatum's "Gambit" movie), so we'll see how this one fares in the development stages. Stay tuned.