From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Cooglerâ€™s â€œCreed.â€ The film explores a new chapter in the â€œRockyâ€ story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his â€œFruitvale Stationâ€ star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, thereâ€™s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creedâ€™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 Apolloâ€”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 isnâ€™t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the titleâ€¦but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
â€œCreedâ€ also stars Tessa Thompson (â€œSelma,â€ â€œDear White Peopleâ€) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetimeâ€™s â€œSteel Magnoliasâ€) as Mary Anne Creed, Apolloâ€™s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ â€œPrettyâ€ Ricky Conlan.
Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the â€œRockyâ€ series written by Sylvester Stallone. The film is being produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King Templeton and Sylvester Stallone, with Nicholas Stern executive producing.
Joining Coogler behind the scenes are director of photography Maryse Alberti (â€œThe Wrestlerâ€) and costume designers Antoinette Messam (â€œOrphanâ€) and Emma Potts (â€œ127 Hoursâ€), as well as his â€œFruitvale Stationâ€ team: editors Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello; production designer Hannah Beachler; and composer Ludwig GÃ¶ransson.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present, in association with New Line Cinema, a Chartoff Winkler Production, â€œCreed.â€ Opening on November 25, 2015, 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.