Ahead of the film’s theatrical release this Wednesday, director Ryan Coogler’s Creed has already been praised by many for its formulaic approach that hits the mark. The new film marks the seventh release in the Rocky franchise, which previously starred Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion, and now centers on Michael B. Jordan as series regular Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson.

Fans of the original three films from the late 1970s and early 1980s no doubt remember actor Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, and many may be wondering how Jordan fills his fictional father’s sizable shoes in the new role. Well, if the former star is to be trusted, then the young actor has delivered in a big way.

Weathers had only kind words to offer regarding Jordan in Coogler’s new film, taking to Twitter to congratulate his cinematic successor, with a special tip of the hat to his former heavyweight contender Stallone, who reprises his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time. After Jordan voiced his own appreciation for Weathers and Stallone in the original film of 1976, Weathers responded in kind, responding, “You did well for the CREED name! Congrats on [a] great job, my friend. May your success continue.” Weathers then added that the new film, “will entertain a lot of people. [Director Ryan] Coogler did a great job. Sly’s never been better. Go see it!”

See the original Twitter exchange below:

Seeing the original Apollo Creed take to Twitter to congratulate the new film is heartwarming, and should serve as a ringing endorsement for Coogler’s latest feature production. Fresh off the critical acclaim lauded onto his 2013 independent film debut, the director of Fruitvale Station is no doubt pleased with all of the attention his new film is receiving, and Jordan is more likely than not merely happy to put this past summer’s Fantastic Four behind him.

Whether or not viewers will be willing to pay to see yet another film within the cinematic universe of the Rocky Balboa character remains to be seen. In the meantime, Jordan, Coogler, and Stallone can bask in the glow of the former heavyweight champion passing the torch on to the next generation.

Creed will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 25th, 2015.

Source: Carl Weathers