Black Panther heartthrob Michael B. Jordan has started work on Creed II with Sylvester Stallone in Philadelphia. Directed by Ryan Coogler, who directed 2015’s Oscar contender Creed, serves as an executive producer and will open in theaters Nov. 21.
“When I wrote and directed Creed, I wanted to tell a human story about a family from a new perspective, while also paying homage to the Rockycharacters we’ve all grown up knowing and loving. I’ve known Steven was an amazing filmmaker since our days at USC film school together, so I can’t wait to see what he, Sly, Mike and Tessa bring to this next chapter,” Coogler said in a statement.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the franchise and work with such a thoughtful team. I got involved because I’ve always been a Rocky fan and I enjoy stories with heart and substance. But when Ryan put his touch on Creed I felt another level of connection to the franchise. It started to feel personal for many different reasons. This next Creed is a tale beyond the boxing ring and dives deep into family, legacy, and fears. I’m excited to share my view and collaborate with the talented cast and crew,” Caple Jr. added.
“Ryan and Steven are voices for their generation and their shared vision for Creed has brought the Rocky franchise to an entirely new audience. We know audiences will continue to embrace the legacy that Sly created so many years ago,” said producer Irwin Winkler.
Creed II will also feature Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu as Viktor Drago and Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago, the villain he played in 1985’s Rocky IV.