A trailer has been released for the upcoming movie Creed, a spin-off of the classic Rocky series.
Fans of the franchise probably recognize the name “Creed” from Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa’s opponent from the second movie turned friend, who died fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. This spin-off involves his son, the similarly mythically named Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), who like Rocky, grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and takes up boxing in an attempt to improve his life. To do so, he goes to Rocky (played once again by Sylvester Stallone) for training, just as Rocky once trained with Apollo for his fight with James “Clubber” Lang.
Though Rocky himself will only be a supporting character, it will be interesting to see him take up a new role, now a mentor instead of a student or fighter in his own right. CrunchBase said that the parallels between him and the younger Creed are obvious, but will they enhance the movie or just make it feel like a rehash? It’s hard to impress in this age where every film seems to have delusions of spawning its own Expanded Universe.
This has been a busy year for Jordan, who will also be playing Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the Fantastic Four reboot, coming to theaters August 7, 2015. Creed will be released November 25, 2015.