The “Rocky” film series is not coming to an end yet and no one really wants it to end either. The series is, after all, one of the most iconic film series of all time.
And now, the franchise is making its way back to the big screen through an upcoming “Rocky” spin-off, “Creed”.
Sylvester Stallone is returning to the famed boxing franchise to reprise his role as Rocky, the fighting Philadelphian. The Academy Award nominee will star alongside “Fantastic Four” actor Michael B. Jordan, who is playing Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky’s former rival Apollo Creed.
Based on characters from the “Rocky” series written by Stallone, Ryan Coogler is directing the movie from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington. It also marks the 2nd time Coogler and Jordan have teamed up for a feature film as they’ve previously worked together on 2013’s “Fruitvale Station”.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.ADVERTISEMENT
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
The movie, which is the 7th instalment of the franchise, is set in Philadelphia, the same place where the original 1976 movie was filmed. It is written and directed by Ryan Coogler, with Nicholas Stern serving as the executive producer.
Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King Templeton, and Stallone are producing it as well.
Watch the epic trailer for “Creed” below:
Slated for release on 25th November 2015, “Creed” also stars Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and English pro boxer Anthony Bellew.