Rocky is back, but this time he’s training the son of Apollo Creed.
Warner Bros. has unveiled the first Creed trailer, giving us our first proper look at the next chapter of the Rocky story.
Michael B. Jordan, reuniting with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, plays Adonis Johnson, a young man with boxing in his blood. He never knew his father, heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, but he’s certainly got the potential to reach the same sporting heights. Now with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) in his corner, Adonis’ chance at the title is in sight.
This is certainly a smart way to continue Rocky’s arc, and having talent like Jordan and Coogler bringing it to life can only be a good thing. The trailer provides confidence in a solid, if ultimately very familiar, boxing tale. We’re in.
Creed, also starring Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and Anthony Bellew, is lined up for U.S. release on November 25.
Official synopsis for Creed:
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?