Whether you are a fan of the Rocky franchise or not, you can still get excited about Sylvester Stallone’s revival of his most iconic roll (bar Rambo). For those of you who don’t remember the original storyline, Creed tells the tale of the son of boxing legend Apollo Creed, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) who seeks Rocky’s help to train.
Adonis never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of his father’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
“Creed” also stars Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
Check out the exclusive featurette on the making of Creed here:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present, in association with New Line Cinema, a Chartoff Winkler Production, “Creed.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with select international territories as well as all television distribution being handled by MGM.
The film is released in Irish cinemas on January 15th. Keep your eye on InTallaght for a full review!