CREED 2 Has Its Villain!
Splashers, Creed was incredible. Not a question, I just thought I’d start with a statement made from love. Now, assuming you only clicked before you’re a fan of the Rocky spin-off and can’t wait to see what news we have; you’re in luck. It was rumored a while ago that Creed 2 is cooking, and the ingredients to this stew involve Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) fighting Ivan Drago’s (Dolph Lundren is returning!) son. Well, The Tracking Report has learned Drago’s son has been cast. Say hello to the young Drago…
That’s right boxing fans (I assume boxing fans know who this man is), Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu will square off against Adonis Creed. The man’s nickname is Big Nasty, and I have to say, he looks like the kind you don’t tease. You’ll notice in the synopsis below, Stallone isn’t directing. Wrote the script with Luke Cage (yuck, half the season was great) showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker but didn’t direct. And, that’s fine but Ryan Coogler isn’t directing either and his chemistry with Michael B. Jordan is undeniable. We shall see what that first trailer is like, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m excited!
Creed 2 will continue to follow Adonis Creed (Jordan) both inside and outside of the ring as he deals with his newfound fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.
Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are set to reprise their roles as Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, who famously clashed in Rocky IV. It was Drago who killed Adonis’ father, Apollo (Carl Weathers), so expect the younger Creed to try and get his revenge on Drago’s son. Tessa Thompson will also return as Adonis’ girlfriend, Bianca.
Steven Caple Jr. will direct from a script written by Stallone and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler and David Winkler are producing with William Chartoff and Kevin King-Templeton, while Jordan will executive produce with Guy Riedel and Ryan Coogler, the latter of whom co-wrote and directed 2015’s box office hit Creed. That film grossed $173 million worldwide and earned Stallone an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance, making this sequel something of a no-brainer, even without Coogler at the helm.
Production is expected to start this March in Philadelphia, and MGM will release the film in the U.S. on Nov. 21, 2018 via its joint venture with Annapurna and in association with Warner Bros., which will handle international distribution.