Sylvester Stallone is stepping back into the ring as the Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa once again, but this time he’s not donning a pair of gloves, but will instead be offering his guidance on what he’s learnt both within and out of the ring to a young fighter named Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) who shares a special connection to Rocky in Creed.
Stallone took to his Instagram account to offer up the brand new image which showcases Rocky alongside young Adonis, showing him the tricks of the boxers trade as he trains him to be a contender. Directed by Ryan Coogler (who directed Jordan in 2013’s critically acclaimed Fruitville Station), Creed looks to have Stallone and Jordan in their element as trainer and fighter. For Stallone it’s a return to the world he created close to four decades ago, while still allowing him to explore a new side to Balboa, while Jordan has the opportunity to flex his dramatic muscles as well as his ever expanding physical ones as the tough young boxer.
In addition to the photo the film’s official synopsis has also been released:
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?
Get ready for the call of the ring, and the eye of the tiger on November 26.