Since Creed was announced it has been one of my most anticipated of the year, especially with the casting of Michael B. Jordan and nabbing director Ryan Coogler, who also directed Jordan in Fruitvale Station. Rocky is one of the greatest film franchises of all time, and it is the quintessential underdog story. And today, we finally got a taste for what we're in for when we sit down in the theater over Thanksgiving weekend.
The official synopsis reads:
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?
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson(Could I just say how epic the names within the Rocky franchise has been?) , and I'm assuming his last name will be Johnson rather than Creed because his mom may have gotten remarried.
Now, for me, this sounds like a fantastic addition to The Rocky franchise, and it sounds like we will be getting as much of a Rocky story as the Adonis story, which is fine with me. Now, it sounds like The Italian Stallion will be facing an illness which has his life in danger, and he may be trying to balance that out with training Adonis because he feels that he owes Apollo that much.
The Rocky franchise has some of the best, if not a little exaggerated, boxing sequences in film history, and hopefully Creed will continue this tradition.
Honestly, since Rocky Balboa righted the ship back in 2006 after the mediocre Rocky 5, this film is shaping up to be all sorts of awesome. I cannot wait.
Leave your thoughts on this synopsis in the comments below, and what do you hope to see in Creed?
The film will star Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), Tessa Thompson (presumably Creed's love interest) and Phylicia Rashad (presumably Creed's mother), and will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who also directed Jordan in Fruitvale station.
The film will be released on November 25, 2015.