Zayn Malik has an almost identical twin. That's the good news. The bad news is that his twin isn't real. It's... complicated. A close examination of photos of the One Direction heart-throb and his "twin" show an uncanny resemblance. But before hordes of horny Directioners stampede to Zayn's twin brother's door, there's something they should know. The "other" Malik "brother" isn't real. He's animated. That's the bad news. The additional good news is that he is also a star. He's the animated character Norman from the new film Paranorman.
Reportedly, some gimlet-eyed Directioners recently pointed out to the fan sites that Norman is the animated image of Zayn. They both have the same "spiked up, perfectly coiffed black hair and meticulously trimmed eyebrows." So close is their resemblance that fans have already been discussing it on Twitter.
So, what's next for Zayn and his animated doppelgÃ¤nger, Norman? Will Zayn make an appearance in Norman's next film? Will they star in a buddy road picture someday? Or will Norman someday join his "twin" and the other 1D guys on stage in concert? Well, that last project might be a little difficult to pull off. On the other hand, if Tupac can perform at Coachella as a hologram, anything is possible.
In the meantime, you can check out juxtaposed photos of Zayn Malik and his "twin" Norman by clicking here. What do you think?
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Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker andA Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.