Last week, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he would not be cast in Creed 3.
More than 40 years after his debut, Rocky Balboa must make way for the central character of this spin-off saga. The soon-to-75-year-old actor confirmed, through a spokesperson, that he would not be in the cast of the next spin-off, although no explanation was given at that time.
In an interview with IGN, actor Michael B. Jordan, who will direct Creed 3, explains that the adventures of his character Adonis Creed constitute a new franchise in its own. Stallone first ended the six-movie Rocky movie saga with Rocky Balboa in 2006 before director Ryan Coogler relaunched the franchise with Creed.
“There’s always going to be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis. But this is a ‘Creed’ franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around him moving forward”, comments Michael B. Jordan. The actor who will be stepping behind the camera for the first time adds that he hopes audiences enjoy what he’s up to, and promises “something special“.
The challenge will therefore be twofold for Michael B. Jordan who in addition to playing the main character of this Rocky spin-off, also plans to direct the film. Jordan’s Creed and Creed 2 co-stars Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are also set to return for the next film.
For his part, Stallone has just completed the new cut of Rocky 4, and the actor is now working on the script for a series prequel to the very first film in the franchise. The plot will take place seventeen years before Rocky. We will discover the origins of the boxer in addition to his meeting with his wife Adrian.