by Justin Cook
Rocky Balboa is back in the first trailer for this year’s Creed, but this time he’ll be stepping out of the spotlight to make room for a new fighter: Adonis Johnson Creed.
Creed, which is the seventh entry in the Rocky series, will be the franchise’s first spinoff. The film will focus on the son of Rocky’s old foe/friend Apollo Creed, who has decided to go down the path to become a great boxer, just like his father. Michael B. Jordan stars in the film as Adonis, with Sylvester Stallone set to reprise his role as Rocky.
Check out the full trailer for Creed below:
Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale Station (also starring Jordan), has helmed the film; he has also penned the script alongside writer Aaron Covington.
The rest of the film’s cast includes Tessa Thompson as Adonis Creed’s love interest, Phylicia Rashad as Apollo Creed’s widow and Tony Bellew as boxer ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan.
Not since 2006’s Rocky Balboa has Stallone appeared on the big screen as the iconic character. Balboa earned mostly positive reviews from critics and even proved to be a surprise hit at the box office, grossing over $150 million on a $24 million budget.
Creed will be hitting theaters on November 25, 2015.
Read the film’s official plot synopsis here:
“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.
Plot Source: Warner Bros.