Filming on Creed II is officially underway, and now the story and cast for the sequel have been confirmed. Sylvester Stallone tried to call it a day for the Rocky series with Rocky V in 1990, a sequel that was famously met with derision upon release.
It took 16 years for Stallone to redeem the character with Rocky Balboa, where a long-retired Rocky is tempted back into ring to prove to himself he still has what it takes. The movie drew strong reviews and helped revive the actor’s career after years of box-office disappointments.
While that entry was supposed to end the series again, Stallone was once again tempted back to the role for Creed, which followed the son of Rocky’s late rival/friend Apollo Creed as he tried to make his own name in boxing. Rocky stepped into a mentor role for the story, with Michael B.
Jordan taking on the lead. Thanks to an emotional story, great performances and stellar direction from Ryan Coogler, Creed proved there was still a lot of life left in the franchise; Stallone also received a much deserved Oscar nomination for his touching performance.
Filming for Creed II is currently underway in Philadelphia, and now MGM and Warner Bros. have released an official synopsis and cast list. The sequel will see Adonis Creed squaring off in the ring against the son of Ivan Drago, the hulking Russian fighter who killed Apollo Creed in the ring; Dolph Lungren returns to the role for the first time since 1985’s Rocky IV, while Florian Munteanu plays his son Viktor. Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad also return from Creed.