Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) are teaming up for Creed, a spinoff of the Rocky franchise. The movie’s title is, of course, a reference to Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky Balboa’s opponent in the first and second films of the series. In an ironic twist, Rocky ends up training Adonis, the son of his former adversary, for a shot at the championship title.
Adonis never knew his famous father, since Apollo died before he was born. But the aspiring young boxing champ seems to possess the same kind of strength and determination as his father. Seeing the potential in Adonis, Rocky reluctantly agrees to train him after the contender travels to Philadelphia and tracks him down.
Although Rocky is not the main focus of the film, he brings his own struggles to the story. While he works to train Adonis, he battles “an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.”
Tessa Thompson (Selma) stars as a local singer-songwriter named Bianca, who becomes involved with Adonis. Phylicia Rashad plays the role of Apollo’s widow, Mary Anne Creed. Starring as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan is English pro boxer and former three-time ABA heavyweight champion Anthony Bellew.
The film was directed by Ryan Coogler, who previously directed Jordan in Fruitvale Station. Coogler also wrote the screenplay with collaborator Aaron Covington, who is making his feature film screenwriting debut.
Last year Jordan spoke enthusiastically about the project in an interview with The Source, saying: “I know that there’s a lot of Rocky fans out there, and I’m one of them. So from one fan to another, I’m gonna make sure we do a good job with this. Sly’s not gonna let anything happen to his baby.”
Creed will hit theaters on Nov. 25.