James Franco is set to play Multiple Man, a.k.a. Jamie Madrox, in a new X-Men standalone movie.
James Franco is no stranger to the comic book movie genre. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and now it looks like he’s decided it’s time to step back into the superhero movie ring. It looks like Franco will get to play Multiple Man in a brand new X-Men spin-off movie. The film will be written by Wonder Woman’s screenwriter Allan Heinberg and Simon Kinberg, who’s currently directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will produce the picture.
This is an interesting new development since Multiple Man isn’t one of the X-Men’s A-listers. He’s one of their more ‘unusual’ and lesser-known mutants, but that doesn’t stop Multiple Man, a.k.a. Jamie Madrox, from being a character worthy of a solo movie. He has the ability, as his name suggests, to make multiple versions of himself, which can lead to some very confusing situations. Imagine seeing multiple versions of James Franco in one movie? Sounds like heaven, right? As a matter of fact, you can already see him do exactly that in the hit TV show, The Deuce, in which he plays the Martino twins.
20th Century Fox’s X-Men slate of movies just doesn’t stop growing. Josh Boone’s The New Mutants is the next X-Men movie set for release and it’ll be closely followed by Deadpool 2 (which may not even be called Deadpool 2), X-Men: Dark Pheonix and Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. It’s still unsure when this movie will hit cinemas or whether Franco’s Multiple Man will be debuted in one of these upcoming movies and then get his standalone film.
There’s also no word on who will direct the picture. Yet, with Franco already signed onto the project, I’m sure it won’t be long before a director is attached. I for one wouldn’t mind seeing Franco and Seth Rogen get to team up on this one. They do work well together and could create something truly unique in the X-Men and superhero movie universe. Fox has already shown that they’re not afraid of doing things slightly differently with the releases of the ultra-violent Deadpool and Logan. Maybe they could also do an R-rated comedy…
As for Franco, you can see him in action next in the highly-anticipated (for me that is) The Disaster Artist, in which he both stars in as Tommy Wiseau, the man behind arguably the best worst film ever made, The Room. Franco also directed the picture. The Disaster Artist is coming to UK cinemas on December 1st.
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