Just next month, we're set to see Jake Gyllenhaal step into the ring for Southpaw. However, there's another notable boxing drama coming later this year: Creed. Well, it has just received a teaser trailer and it's hitting hard.
The Rocky spin-off film is both a sequel and a reboot, continuing after the events of the last film but with a new character and set of rules in order. Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky but, this time around, he's taking to the corner of the ring and training another boxer instead; his rival Apollo Creed's son, Adonis - played by Michael B. Jordan.
Warner Bros. have debuted a teaser trailer for the film and it's pretty great. I love the sport of boxing and am a huge fan of boxing films too. The Rocky franchise is not only an iconic sports franchise but it's just an iconic franchise for cinema in general, having helped and influenced the industry become what it is now. It's safe to say that Creed won't be as good as the original Rocky film but it still looks promising, nonetheless.
Seeing Stallone return, after so long, to the character of Balboa, to train a young fighter is such an ingenious idea and the concept of having the youngster be Jordan's Creed is also great and a nice link to the classic films. The trailer is great but it's still only a teaser. The drama seems good and the fight sequences looks remarkable. Let's hope the film can honour it's source material and do Rocky justice. It's a real throw in the dark but if done well, it looks as though Jordan may be looking at some award recognition come next year. I mean, these films do tend to hit hard with Awards anyway.
Here's the film's official synopsis:
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?
With Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler at the helm, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thomson and Anthony Bellew, Creed opens on November 25th, 2015.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
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