For people who have never heard of this project before, they may look at the first half of this trailer for Creed and have no idea that it takes place in the same universe as the Rocky films. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, reteaming with star Michael B. Jordan, saves the appearance of Rocky Balboa (a returning Sylvester Stallone) as a mini-reveal and appears to be concentrating on building his own story without relying too much on the mentor relationship with the iconic character we know and love. Rocky is much more of a supporting role here, and this looks like a truly fantastic addition to the franchise. Coogler is super talented and looks like he has a unique perspective on this story, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does here.
Check out the trailer below:
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?