When it was first announced a couple years back (July 2013 I believe) that a Rocky spinoff was in the works - based around Apollo Creed's son being trained by the Italian Stallion himself - I was quite curious.
The film would be written and directed by Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler as well as starring that film's lead, Michael B. Jordan, as the title character of Adonis Johnson. Sylvester Stallone would be back of course, this time as a supporting character in his signature role.
Creed was said to be a 'dream project' for Coogler. He always wanted to tell a story of Apollo Creed's son, whose father died in the ring before he was born, leading his family to forbid him from boxing. That, along with his natural talent, makes his desire to pursue the sport that much stronger.
Well the first trailer just hit tonight and...Wow! This. Looks. Awesome.
I don't think Sly Stallone on his best day could have directed a film that looks this good. The trailer is utterly fantastic. I can't wait to see this movie.
Why are you still reading this? View the trailer below along with the film's official synopsis.
Creed hits theaters (no pun intended) November 25th.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” The film explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
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.
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?
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures