'Creed II': First official stills show Adonis Creed in grueling training session with Rocky Balboa
The first official stills from 'Creed II' reveal Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed preparing for his big fight with the son of Ivan Drago
The first official stills from the Michael B. Jordan-starring sequel 'Creed II' are out. Jordan plays the role of Adonis Creed, a talented heavyweight boxer who never knew his famous father Apollo Creed. The quintessential underdog, Adonis seeks out the help of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa to help him train and ascend to the zenith of boxing.
It was announced previously that 'Creed II' will follow up on the story of its predecessor and see Adonis returning to work with Rocky to prepare for the big fight with the son of Ivan Drago. Yes, the son of the same former Russian fighter who killed his father in the ring even before he was born.
An official description for the feature reads: "Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what is worth fighting for, and discover that nothing is more important than family."
The first still released by Warner Bros. has Adonis, dressed in sweats and boxing gloves, in the middle of a grueling training session with Rocky, who appears to be sporting a leather jacket and a fedora. The other has the boxer, unsurprisingly in impeccable shape, all prepped for what one can only assume is the big fight with Drago. Behind him, one of his entourage can be seen clasping his championship.
The film is set to be the seventh installment in the popular 'Rocky' franchise and will see Jordan reunited with Ryan Coogler. The pair previously worked together on 'Black Panther,' as well as 'Creed,' with the former catapulting Jordan into mainstream fame.
Coogler wrote and directed 'Creed,' but will only serve as executive producer for the sequel, with Steven Caple Jr. taking over the reigns. Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker have penned the script this time around.
Also returning are Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Adonis' girlfriend, and Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed, Adonis' mother, with Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Andre Ward, and Wood Harris similarly reprising their roles.
'Creed' was unanimously praised by critics and earned Stallone an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; his first nomination since the original Rocky Balboa film. Producers will be hoping its follow up garners a similar level of success.
'Creed II' is set to premiere in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.