Sylvester Stallone has shared the first official photo from his upcoming Rocky spinoff film, Creed. The image features Rocky in the middle of training Apollo Creed's son, Adonis Johnson, who is played by Michael B. Jordan. It came along with a brief caption that reads: "Get ready to go for it!"
I grew up watching the Rocky films, and I'm a big fan of the franchise. I never thought I'd see anymore of them after Rocky Balboa in 2006, but it's great that a way was found to keep the story and characters alive. I really like the fact that Rocky is coming in as a mentor and trainer to Creed's son. You can find some additional details on the film in this synopsis:
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?
Creed also stars Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington. It's set to hit the big screen November 25th.