Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming Rocky spin-off/sequel Creed. Starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role of Rocky Balboa, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is due out November 25th.
The trailer puts the focus squarely on the title character, giving viewers a sense of his identity before meeting up with his father’s old sparring buddy. When Sly does make an appearance, his role as mentor is firmly established as he preps young Adonis for the fight of his life. There’s even a great call back to a classic Rocky quote. Check it out:
The film’s official synopsis follows:
“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?”