When the first trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Creed dropped earlier this summer, it quickly became a contender for ‘Best Trailer of 2015.’ Whether or not that extends to the movie itself remains to be seen, but these newly released images for the boxing drama suggest that star Michael B. Jordan will do all he can to make his performance a memorable one. Series star Sylvester Stallone makes an appearance here as well, his character Rocky Balboa going full circle from up-and-coming boxer, to champion, to retirement, now training the son of his former rival. With these two on the same side, can anyone stop them?
We haven’t seen too much from this picture yet and that’s the way I like it. These images show off Jordan’s physique and promise that his off-screen training for the role was likely every bit as intense as his on-screen training with Rocky. But the reason I’m excited for this one is seeing how these two actors and characters work together to pay homage to the original Rocky while bringing a new dimension to the franchise. Also starring Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and English pro boxer Anthony Bellew, Creed opens in theaters on November 25th.
Check out the new images for Creed below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Creed:
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?