Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Creed, director Ryan Coogler‘s new installment in the Rocky franchise which also serves as a semi-reboot of the long-running series. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, the son of world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. When Adonis decides he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps, he heads to Philadelphia and lures the one and only Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) out of retirement to help him train.
This new trailer gives us a fuller look at the film, and while we already knew it looked pretty great, who knew it’d be so emotional? This really does feel like the best next step in this franchise, and it feels like Coogler and Jordan have found a way to reboot the series while still maintaining the Rocky core. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the bigger hits of the upcoming holiday season.
Check out the trailer below, via Warner Bros. The film opens Novembers 25th, and also stars Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Anthony Bellew.
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?