With Sylvester Stallone reaching the age where he's a little too old to be stepping into the ring anymore, any Rocky sequel was going to need to focus on new talent. Creed, the upcoming sequel from director Ryan Coogler, has found that talent in Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan, and a new video features Jordan stepping into the title role.
Written and directed by Coogler, Creed follows the ascent of Rocky rival Apollo Creed's son Adonis Creed as he boxes under the tutelage of Rocky himself. Jordan and Coogler worked together previously on Coogler's debut feature film Fruitvale Station, a heart-wrenching movie based on the true story of a young man killed by a BART police officer at the titular train station in Oakland, California.
We've previously seen glimpses of Jordan as Creed in a TV spot and movie poster as well as an Instagram from Sly Stallone himself. This is the most in-depth footage we've seen yet, though, with over five minutes of clips from the movie. For those looking to go into the film spoiler-free, be forewarned: there is a pretty significant reveal in the video. No fights inside the ring are spoiled, but it does reveal a fight of a different kind going on outside the ring.
Jordan has proven himself a talented actor in films such as Fruitvale Station and Chronicle, as well as his earlier TV roles in The Wire and Friday Night Lights. With the specter of Fantastic Four's failure still haunting him, Adonis Reed will be a chance to shake off the bad vibes from that movie. Still, the clips included in this video make a compelling case that he is more than up to the task of having a title role for himself.
Creed is the seventh movie in the Rocky franchise, meaning there have been as many Rocky films as there have been Star Wars films (if you count the upcoming seventh movie). That might seem like overkill, but the last Rocky movie was surprisingly decent, and with Rocky's name not even in the title on this one, it has the potential to be a bold reinvention for the series. Hopefully Jordan will prove himself worthy of leading man status.
Creed is scheduled to hit theaters on November 25, 2015.