The classic rivalry between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed was a headline bout of the first two Rocky films, a rivalry that’s only surpassed by the characters’ friendship that they develop during Rocky III. When Creed is killed in the ring in Rocky IV, the main protagonist of the series is given a new focus by the end of that film, and spends the other two films in the series remarking on Creed’s greatness as both a fighter and a friend. Now, it looks like the old franchise is about to get a new shot in the arm from some new blood: namely, Creed’s son.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for Creed, a film that chronicles the journey of Adonis Johnson Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) , son of the late and legendary Apollo, and his desire to rise up through the ranks of the boxing world. The story eventually leads him to seek out his father’s old friend and one-time rival Rocky Balboa (played once again by Sylvester Stallone), and asks the boxing great to train him. Rocky’s admiration for Apollo makes the idea a no-brainer, and the two embark on a new journey together into the boxing world. See the trailer below.
The film was produced in the first few months of the year in England along with location shooting in Philadelphia, and will be the seventh overall film in the larger Rocky franchise. The last time Stallone played the boxer was in 2006’s Rocky Balboa, where he came out of retirement to take on an incensed champion who lost a fight in an ESPN computer simulation. The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who previously worked with Jordan in the heartwrenching drama Fruitvale Station, and is written by Coogler and Aaron Covington.
Creed will be released in theaters on November 25th. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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