It ain’t over till it’s over. That’s one of the things you learn when you watch the Rocky franchise. So when everyone thought that Rocky had got his heart’s desire by stepping into the ring for the ‘final’ time in 2006’s Rocky Balboa, and curtains had been called on the movie series which began way back in 1976, Sylvester Stallone had something else in mind. A spin-off. Creed marks the new direction that Stallone is taking his popular franchise, and for all Rocky fans, the first trailer of this movie evokes nostalgia for sure. Be ready to feel the goosebumps!
What’s the plot: Remember Apollo Creed? The champ whom Rocky took on in the first two movies, who later on became his friend and coach, before dying in the ring in Rocky IV. Now Apollo’s son (and not grandson as we thought earlier), Adonis Creed, decides to follow in his father’s footsteps, and who does he have as his mentor, but our very own, Rocky Balboa!
Who’s in the movie: Duh, Sylvester Stallone to begin with. He dons the form of Rocky Balboa for the seventh time, a character that has been with him for as long as his own acting career. There’s a young fellow in the casting lineup though who has many people excited. Michael B. Jordan. This actor has been pointed out by many as one of the upcoming stars, and before Creed, we will see him play Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot. A look at the trailer does give a fairly good idea as to the commanding screen presence the young actor can occupy. And it feels about right that he occupies most of the frames in the trailer.
Who’s directing the movie: Ryan Coogler has been given the directing duties, and at the age of 29, he is definitely one of the younger fellows in this role in Hollywood. Coogler made his debut with 2013’s Fruitvale Station which got some fantastic reviews, and incidentally brought the spotlight on Michael B. Jordan as well. Hopefully, the actor and director are going to help each other out to propel their careers further forward with Creed.
Where to watch the trailer: Right here! It’s an explosive trailer, nostalgic for the age-old fans, exciting for the new ones. Even though Bill Conti is not providing the music score for the movie, we will hopefully get to hear that immortal Rocky theme somewhere. So get your boxing gloves on, for it’s Rocky time!
Creed is scheduled to release in the USA on November 25, 2015.