Press: Sly Stallone And Michael B. Jordan Sparring On The Set Of Creed II Has Us Pumped For The Movie

Creed surprised a lot of people by breathing new life into the Rocky franchise and now we can’t wait to see the sequel later this year. Our excitement for Creed II is only increasing as we get another look at the forthcoming film. Following on a pair of official images that were recently released, Sylvester Stallone has dropped another, unofficial image, which shows him taking shots at Michael B. Jordan while filming the upcoming movie. Check it out.

The image shows Michael B. Jordan, or at least Sly says that’s him, we can’t really tell because he’s got his gloves up guarding his face, while Stallone takes a shot to the body. We also see Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. watching it all unfold, possibly taking notes for some future scene.

I was incredibly excited for Creed when it came out and was utterly thrilled with the quality of the result. It only makes it that much more exciting that the sequel is on its way to us. While Ryan Coogler didn’t write or direct the sequel, we’re seeing a script that was co-written by Sylvester Stallone,. who is responsible for every other film in the series with the exception of Creed. The more interesting change is Steven Caple Jr. taking over as director. Creed II is only his second feature film, his first being The Land, based on a screenplay he wrote himself. This makes the director something of an X-factor, as we don’t really know what to expect from him. However, Ryan Coogler gave Caple Jr. his seal of approval, so fans likely don’t need to worry.

Creed was both the continuation of the Rocky story as well as the launching of a new franchise following the career of Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s longtime friend and opponent Apollo. Creed II will continue both of these threads, as it will be a sequel to not only the original Creed but also will follow directly on the events of Rocky IV. In that film, Apollo was killed by Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Creed II will see Adonis Creed attempt a measure of revenge when he fights Ivan Drago’s son in the ring.

The first trailer for Creed II focused on the relationship between Rocky and Adonis, and how said relationship was being tested by Creed’s desire to fight Drago. What it didn’t show us was much of anything regarding the other side of the fight. One expects will get at least one more trailer between now and the release of the film November 21 which will show us that side of the conflict, and likely tease the return of Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago.

Source: Cinema Blend

Press/Photos: ‘Creed II’ First-Look Film Stills: Sylvester Stallone & Michael B. Jordan Suit Up

Creed II won’t be in theaters until Wednesday, November 21, but MGM and Warner Bros gave us a peek at what to expect with two first official film stills (see both below) from the movie. And not a slab of raw meat in sight.

The latest installment in the indefatigable Rocky saga, directed by Steven Caple Jr., stars Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.

The set up: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Also starring are Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.

Creed II is produced by Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and exec-produced by Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Guy Riedel. MGM and Warner Bros distribute.

Source: Deadline

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan on His Intense ‘Creed 2’ Diet, Plus: His Sweet Comments About Tiffany Haddish

Michael B. Jordan is fighting for a good cause!

“Extra’s” Terri Seymour sitting down with Michael at his MBJAM fundraiser for lupus, a disease that his own mother battles.

Jordan is about to hit the big screen with Sylvester Stallone again in the highly anticipated “Creed 2.” He said, “This is the first time I’ve ever come back to do a sequel to anything.”

Michael said he trained even harder this time, sharing, “The diet was a little stricter. I ate like four or five times a day… Worked out two to three times a day. A lot of cardio and just boxing a lot.”

The 31-year-old is up for an Emmy for his HBO drama “Fahrenheit 451.” He commented, “I’m on a high right now. I’m really enjoying it.”

Jordan is hoping he can make it to the ceremony, despite his busy schedule. He said, “I’m trying to make sure I’m gonna get there ’cause I’m gonna be filming my next project, so hopefully we can work out a way for me to be in the building.”

Perhaps he could take Tiffany Haddish if he goes? The funnywoman recently made it loud and clear she has a huge crush on him. Michael gushed, “Tiffany, she’s amazing. She’s so funny and talented.”

Michael was joined by Jamie Foxx at MBJAM at Dave & Buster’s, where they raised $250,000 for lupus. He shared, “It wasn’t just my mom going through it, everybody in the family kind of went through it. So I kind of wanted the celebration, the fundraiser, the charity so everybody can be involved.”

His mom is “pretty proud” of his work. Michael said, “I think she’s proud. She’s always crying.”

His mom is currently in remission. She shared, “Everything sort of worked out really, really well for me and I’m just grateful for all of it. I really am.”

Source: Extra