James Franco in talks to play Multiple Man in new film

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This X-Men solo project came out of Franco and Kinberg's work together on another Fox movie, The Hardy Men - a spin-off of The Hardy Boys. Over the past few years, the film company has ramped up the involvement and speed in which they release X-Men movies, and with an actor like James Franco on board, we can only expect them to have another success on their hands.

"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). For comic book fans, however, it's a sign that Fox's plans for the larger X-Men franchise have likely just gotten weirder, and a lot more fun. He may have appeared in cartoon features X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men: Evolution, and Wolverine and the X-Men, but his live-action form was saved until Brett Ratner's maligned X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

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If Franco signs on to the movie, it will serve as a reunion for him and Kinberg, who he is also working with on The Hardy Men. He was portrayed in the film by Grey's Anatomy's Eric Dane. Despite this, David stuck with the character, giving Multiple Man his own MadroX miniseries in 2004 and incorporating him back into the 2005 era of X-Factor as the de facto lead.

This is the latest film announced in the X-Men universe. The movie is now in development and will potentially feature James and his brother Dave Franco as grown-up versions of the teenage detectives. It remains to be seen where Multiple Man might fall in this schedule.

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