More James Franco than you could shake a stick at.
James Franco is returning to something he is very familiar with. He is perhaps most well known for his portrayal of Harry Osborn in the original Spider-Man franchise, so he knows all about superhero movies. Secondly, he is joining a movie that he will appear with multiple clones of himself. He already does that on the hit HBO show The Deuce. So, of course, he was probably the frontrunner when it came to Fox picking the perfect actor for their upcoming Multiple Man movie based on the X-Men character of the same name.
Deadline is reporting that James Franco is being targeted to star in the film that will be written by Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg, and longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg (who will direct X-Men: Dark Pheonix). Since Fox controls the X-Men brand, it seems that they are going to mine it for all the potential movies they can (they already have The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and Dark Pheonix on the way).
Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, born with the ability to create duplicates of himself. When he was born, his doctor smacked him creating a separate identical child. Believed to have been affected by living close to a nuclear facility, Madrox’s family moves and begins work on their own farm. When catastrophe strikes Madrox has frequent encounters with other mutants including the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Madrox’s world is also one where Professor Xavier still exists, so it will be interesting if they cast yet another actor in the role of the famous Professor.
Multiple Man seems like a weird character to base a new film on. He is certainly a lower-tier superhero, although that hasn’t stopped others with the same general awareness from becoming popular. Fox seems set on creating mutant pictures for every genre of film. They have the filthy comedy with Deadpool 2, the horror movie with The New Mutants, the traditional superhero film with X-Men: Dark Pheonix, and now James Franco with his clones. He has already dominated the small screen with his clones, now is ready to conquer the big screen.