James Franco is on the move for something big, with a possible contender in X-Men standalone spinoff Multiple Man. The project is being produced by the vastly experienced X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, with Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg penning.
Franco would play lead Jamie Madrox in the spinoff. Also known as Multiple Man, the character has the mutant power to create and control duplicates of himself. The character first appeared in 1975’s Giant-Size Fantastic Four No. 4, created by Wolverine mastermind Len Wein, and has also appeared on the big screen 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, portrayed by Eric Dane.
After a not-so-successful attempt at rebooting the X-Men series, Fox are increasing their efforts for a stronger revival. Next year alone is expecting the release of both New Mutants (April 13) and the Kinberg-directed X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Nov. 2). Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, is also on the horizon.
Franco has, so far, enjoyed a rather varied career. He has dabbled in Marvel’s waters before, starring in Spider-Man and its sequels as Harry Osborn. The prospects for this new launch aren’t entirely bright, but Franco’s name tends to bring around interest, whether in controversy or intrigue.
Franco’s latest venture is The Disaster Artist, which he directed, produced and starred in. The film has received a certain buzz since its work-in-progress March premiere, and should enjoy a highly anticipated December 8 release.