Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have just released the synopsis for the upcoming Rocky spin-off, Creed, and boy does it sound emotional!
It was always fairly obvious, given Sylvester Stallone's advancing age, that the film would have to focus on new and upcoming fighters; some fans even believed Stallone's character, Rocky Balboa, might not feature at all.
Thankfully, though, it seems we're going to have the best of both worlds. Friday Night Lights star Michael B. Johnson is set to star as the up-and-coming fighter, with Stallone's Balboa taking up a role as his coach. But things definitely won't be as rosy as that may sound.
Believe me, if the synopsis is left as it is, then we better get the tissues at the ready.
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Here's the full 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?
Is Rocky fighting the big 'C'?
That synopsis sure hints at it. If it's not cancer, then it must be some other serious illness. The key sentences are, "even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring" and "but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring"
I think it's going to be a pretty emotional and tough-going storyline, but as bad this sounds, it's probably going to make a great movie.
Creed is set for release November 25, 2015.