The “Rocky” spin-off, which also co-stars the original Rocky, Sylvester Stallone, as well as Tessa Thompson, and Phylicia Rashād, will see Rocky Balboa acting as a trainer and mentor to the son of one of his previous opponents, Apollo Creed, as he preps to follow in his father’s footsteps in the ring.
All eyes will probably be very interested in seeing what Coogler does next, so I anticipate that this won’t be a project lacking in press and critical attention when it’s released in November. The month of its release (typically when studios unload their Oscar-worthy material) is also noteworthy. And the Academy seems to love a good boxing drama (see “Rocky,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Raging Bull,” and “The Fighter” to start). This year will see the release of at least 2 of them that just might be in contention for Oscars – the other being Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a fighter on the rebound, and Forest Whitaker as his trainer, out in August.
Set for a November 25th, 2015 theatrical release, “Creed’s” first trailer has surfaced and is embedded below: