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The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Creed, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Warner Bros presents a follow-up to the Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky. He appears in the film since he fought Apollo Creed throughout so many of the original films. Creed’s son decides to go all the way in boxing, and asks for Rocky to train him. Michael B. Jordan stars in a once-in-a-lifetime performance as Adonis Creed, also including Silvester Stallone, Graham McTavish, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.
Creed is an American sports drama film, directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. A spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film series, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo’s son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, and Graham McTavish. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Station writer/director Coogler, and Wood Harris, with whom Jordan worked on The Wire.
About the Story
In 1998, Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, the son of an extramarital lover of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, is serving time in a Los Angeles youth facility when Creed’s widow, Mary Anne, pays him a visit and offers to take him in.
Seventeen years later, Donnie walks away from his job at a securities firm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Mary Anne vehemently opposes this, remembering how her husband was killed in the ring 30 years earlier against Ivan Drago. He tries to get a slot at Los Angeles’ elite Delphi Boxing Academy, but is turned down. Undaunted, Donnie travels to Philadelphia in hopes of getting in touch with his father’s old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa.
Donnie tracks down Rocky at Rocky’s Italian restaurant, Adrian’s, named in honor of his deceased wife, and asks Rocky to become his trainer. Rocky is reluctant to get back into boxing, having already made a one-off comeback at a very advanced age despite having suffered brain trauma during his career as a fighter. However, he eventually agrees. Donnie trains at the Front Street Gym, with several of Rocky’s longtime friends as cornermen, and also finds a love interest in Bianca, an up-and-coming singer and songwriter.
Donnie, now known as “Hollywood Donnie,” defeats a local fighter, and word gets out that he is Creed’s illegitimate son. Rocky gets a call from the handlers of world light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, who is due to be forced into retirement by an impending prison term. He offers to make Donnie his final challenger—provided that he change his name to Adonis “Hollywood Donnie” Creed. Donnie balks at first, wanting to forge his own legacy. However, he eventually agrees.
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, Stephanie Damiano, Maria Breyman, Claire Bronson
Screenplay by: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington
Production Design by: Hannah Beachler
Cinematography by: Maryse Alberti
Film Editing by: Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver
Set Decoration by: Amanda Carroll
Art Direction by: Jesse Rosenthal
Music by: Ludwig Göransson
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Release Date: November 25, 2015