Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” was one of the most sensational and rousing dramas of 2015. Three years later, stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are finally stepping back into the ring for the long-awaited sequel, directed this time around by “The Land” director Steven Caple Jr. Also reprising their roles in the follow-up film are Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.
“Creed II” finds Adonis Creed (Jordan) preparing to step into the ring with Viktor Drago, son of the infamous boxer Ivan Drago. The match forces Stallone’s Rocky Balboa to relive the legacy of his own fight against Ivan (once again played by Dolph Lundgren), which was the center of 1985’s “Rocky IV.” Creed, meanwhile, has to once again carve his on way out of his father’s shadow.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Jordan explained why his character’s adversary, Viktor, is an essential new addition to the boxing franchise. “The two guys are similar in a lot of ways,” said the actor. “Adonis feels, naturally, a certain animosity towards Viktor and Ivan, and then there are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes ‘Creed’ so special. It’s not just about revenge. It’s about a lot of things.”
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will open “Creed II” in theaters nationwide November 21. Watch the official below.