“A great fighter once said, it’s not how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
With a line like that, this ain’t your typical Rocky movie. Creed is the latest chapter in the Rocky boxing franchise’s story, with Apollo Creed’s son, the awesomely named Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), now looking to become a prize fighter following his father’s death and teaming with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role).
And yet the film has unusual and unexpected roots. Ryan Coogler, making his sophomore film following the tear-jerking indie Fruitvale Station, directs and re-teams with Fruitvale‘s star Michael B. Jordan. The look of Creed from this first trailer is intense, stylish, and deep, with only mild fan service to the broader franchise. Here’s the full synopsis:
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?
Creed opens November 25. Watch the first trailer below: