Sylvester Stallone to star in Rocky spin-off ‘Creed’

rockySylvester Stallone is set to reprise his most famous role as Rocky Balboa in a new spin-off movie which will centre on the grandson of his close friend, Apollo Creed.

 

The actor-and-producer has teamed up with ‘Fruitvale Station’ director Ryan Coogler and the film’s buzz-worthy star Michael B. Jordan, who will play the grandson of original ‘Rocky’ character Apollo Creed – played by Carl Weathers in previous films – for a new chapter in the franchise.

 

The actor-and-producer has teamed up with ‘Fruitvale Station’ director Ryan Coogler and the film’s buzz-worthy star Michael B. Jordan, who will play the grandson of original ‘Rocky’ character Apollo Creed – played by Carl Weathers in previous films – for a new chapter in the franchise.

 

According to Deadline, the film is a passion project for Coogler and the director reportedly pitched the idea to Stallone, who immediately jumped on board and agreed to produce and star in the film. The pair then wowed executives at movie studio MGM, who own the rights to the ‘Rocky’ franchise, resulting in the film being green-lit.

 

In the new movie, Jordan will play the grandson of Rocky’s rival-turned-confidante, Apollo Creed, who turns to the champion boxer to help train him in the ring. Impressed by the sprightly young upstart’s athletic ability, the ageing Rocky is coaxed out of retirement and agrees to help his late pal’s relative.

 

Apollo Creed appeared in the first four ‘Rocky’ movies and was initially introduced as the titular character’s toughest opponent in the boxing ring, but the pair soon grew to respect each other and became friends. The popular character was killed off in 1985’s ‘Rocky IV’ after taking a fatal blow in the ring.

 

‘Creed’ will mark the seventh movie in the ‘Rocky’ franchise, which first hit the big screen in 1976. Since then, Stallone has reprised the role in numerous sequels – most recently including 2006’s ‘Rocky Balboa’.

 

Both Coogler and Jordan have earned Oscar buzz for ‘Fruitvale Station’, an upcoming biopic about the fatal shooting of teenager Oscar Grant at the hands of a police officer.

 

Jordan – who also starred in hit sci-fi thriller ‘Chronicle’ – has been garnering lots of attention in Hollywood recently and is being considered a frontrunner to play the Human Torch in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot.

Connect with us

Latest Stories

Jose Chameleone serves up Afro Futurism on “Champion” Video

Jose Chameleone had promised his fans a treat ahead of releasing the video

#NewMusic: D’banj’s Street Anthem Issa Banga

Celebrated and legendary Nigerian Superstar D'banj has showcased his versatility

Jose Chameleone Enters The Ring With “Champion”

The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether

AFRIMA award winner Gilad Millo releases ‘love’ video

Fresh off the Afrima awards where he won 2 awards, Israeli born musician,

Prince Harry predicted he’d marry a celeb

Prince Harry was keen to tie the knot with someone who has "already in

Rock

Foo Fighters announce major supports acts for 2018 tour

Wolf Alice, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes and Slaves are among the

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington found dead

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has reportedly been found dead

Nothing But Thieves don’t want rock star image

Nothing But Thieves are keen to defeat the rock star image by carving

Kanye to be joined by Chris Martin, 2 Chainz at Glastonbury?

Kanye West will reportedly be joined by Chris Martin and 2 Chainz during

Florence + the Machine replace Foo Fighters at Glastonbury

Florence + the Machine have replaced Foo Fighters as Friday's (26.06.15)

Hollywood

Natalie Portman: Hollywood producer lured me onto private jet

Natalie Portman has recalled how what she believed to be an innocent invitation

John Boyega dubs Star Wars: The Last Jedi very messy

John Boyega has said 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is "very messy" but explores

Kate Winslet auditioned for Titanic with Matthew McConaughey

Kate Winslet has revealed, although Leonardo DiCaprio bagged the role

Hugh Jackman won’t star as Wolverine in Deadpool movie

Hugh Jackman has ruled out starring as metal claw-bearing mutant Wolverine

Vin Diesel explains his love of social media

Hollywood star Vin Diesel believes social media has helped to change the