I’m still of the opinion that Rocky Balboa was a great final round for Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character, and that we don’t really need to see him again. That final shot, where the boxer visits Adrian’s grave and seems to wave as the image of him fades out, was so perfectly poignant, it makes any successive movie appearance by the character a bit redundant as far as I’m concerned.
Sly disagrees though, and though this may not be the only bad decision he’s made recently [like making The Expendables 3 for a lower rating and giving the job of direction to a total incompetent], I’m willing to give Creed, which sees Rocky step up to train a promising young boxer called Adonis who just happens to be the son of his old rival Apollo, a chance. Sly has unveiled the first image from the film on Instagram, and, while it doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, any Rocky fan stands a good chance of getting goosebumps at the sight of their hero in the ring again, even if it’s only as a trainer.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) 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 Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. 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. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title… but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
Creed also stars Phylicia Rashad as Apollo’s widow, Tessa Thompson as Adonis’ love interest, and Anthony Bellew as boxer “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a script by Coogler and Aaron Covington. It opens on November 25, 2015.