Fans of the Rocky franchise are in for a few surprises as the new spinoff movie, Creed, brings in new characters to continue the popular story of Rocky Balboa.
ABC News reports that even though the movie’s release date isn’t until November 25, Sylvester Stallone is already pumping people up. He recently posted an Instagram photo of himself and co-star Michael B. Jordan, who plays the role of Adonis Creed, the late Apollo Creed’s grandson. Stallone playfully captioned the photo with, “Get ready to go for it!”
Although not a lot of details regarding Creed have surfaced, Screen Rant reports that the movie centers around up-and-coming boxer Adonis Creed, who is trained by none other than Rocky Balboa. Creed, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, wants to become a professional boxer, and Stallone, acting as mentor and trainer, aims to get the young athlete to the top.
Michael B. Jordan, 28, may be a relatively unknown name to some, but he’s been acting for quite some time. He got his start in 1999, in a small role on an episode of HBO’s The Sopranos. From 2003-2006, Jordan played Reggie Montgomery on the soap show All My Children, but he is arguably best-known for his recurring role from 2009-2011 as Vince Howard on the television series Friday Night Lights.
Others starring in the upcoming Creed include The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashād, as well as Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew, and Graham McTavish.
The film takes place in Balboa’s hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the young Creed sets out to find the former boxer. However, early filming began in Liverpool, England, at Everton, Goodison Park.
Belew, a professional boxer who plays the character of Creed’s rival in the film, is a native of Liverpool. He spoke about his role in the film earlier this year.
“I play the pound-for-pound champion of the world and I end up facing Adonis Creed. Rocky Balboa gets involved when he agrees to train Adonis. But if Adonis wants to be the champion, he has to go through me.”
Rocky Balboa may not be the only Stallone character resurfacing. In December of 2014, a tweet from the actor indicated that there may also be another installment in the Rambo movies. Yet, no other details have emerged, which means John Rambo may have been set aside so Stallone could focus more on the new Rocky spinoff.
In February of 2008, Sylvester Stallone was asked which movie character he would like to be remembered for, to which he replied, “it’s a tough one, but Rocky is my first baby, so Rocky.”
[Photos Courtesy of Sylvester Stallone/Instagram & Patrick Riviere/Getty Images]