Rocky Balboa may have had iconic boxing matches in the Rocky film franchise run, but none are more memorable than the first two films where he goes up against Apollo Creed. Rocky’s former rival turned friend met an unfortunate end in Rocky IV, when a crushing blow delivered by Ivan Drago killed him. But Apollo’s legacy did not end with his death. In the Ryan Coogler film Creed, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has the potential to be a great boxer like his father, and the person to help him hone his skills is none other than Rocky (Sylvester Stallone).
Now, a newly released photo reveals the training process the two characters are undergoing to prep for an upcoming fight in the film. Hit the jump for more.
The photo, which was posted on Stallone’s official Instagram account, has the simple caption: “Get ready to go for it!”
Jordan and Coogler worked together on Fruitvale Station, in which critics praised the actor’s performance and the director’s work. The photo doesn’t actually tell us much about the film itself, and based on the official synopsis, Creed will see Rocky not only teach Adonis how to box like a champ, but fight his own “deadly” demons.
Jordan can next be seen in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, while Stallone is developing The Expendables 4.
Warner Bros. has scheduled Creed for a November 25th, 2015 release.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Cooglerâ€™s â€œCreed.â€ The film explores a new chapter in the â€œRockyâ€ story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his â€œFruitvale Stationâ€ 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, thereâ€™s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creedâ€™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 Apolloâ€”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 isnâ€™t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the titleâ€¦but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
First Look: Creed
[Source: Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram]