MGM has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming sequel, “Creed II.”
The film comes three years after Michael B. Jordan wowed audiences as the son of the late Apollo Creed. Here is the synopsis for the sequel, from the studio:
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.
Jordan reprises his role as Adonis Creed. The first film was a big breakout for the actor who went on to star in HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451,” and one of 2018’s biggest blockbusters, “Black Panther.”
Sylvester Stallone also returns as the legendary Rocky Balboa. Stallone earned an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in “Rocky” in 1976, and then earned a Supporting Actor nomination for the same role in “Creed” in 2015. He was only the sixth actor nominated twice for the same role.
Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are back for more, as well. Thompson has been a steady force in film and television for a number of years now, but she took on full ubiquity with last year’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” Rashad was the beloved Huxtable matriarch on “The Cosby Show,” and these days enjoys life on “Empire.”
Also returning to the franchise is Dolph Lungren as the brutal Ivan Drago. It is a fated meeting between his son and the son of Apollo Creed.
Ryan Coogler and Sylvester Stallone worked together to create the characters from the first film. This time around, Cheo Hodari Choker wrote the script. Steven Caple Jr. directs his second feature, following several shorts and TV episodes.
“Creed II” hits theaters on November 21.