A new trailer has been released for the upcoming boxing movie “Creed.”
That name sound familiar? Yes, it’s based in the world of “Rocky,” the boxer portrayed by Sylvester Stallone who faces off with his famous opponent Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). In this movie, it’s Creed's son (“Fantastic Four” actor Michael B. Jordan) who’s learning how to step into the ring, and it looks like none other than Rocky himself will be helping him out.
The new trailer starts off portraying the story of Mr. Jordan’s character as a normal boxing story until he’s looking at a row of pictures. “I heard about a third fight between you and Apollo,” Jordan’s character Adonis Johnson says. “Behind closed doors. That true?” Rocky emerges from the shadows. “How do you know all this?” he asks. “I’m his son,” Adonis replies.
The film co-stars “Veronica Mars” actress Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish of “Outlander,” and Phylicia Rashad of “The Cosby Show.”
Anyone who’s gone to the movie theater recently knows that reboots are nothing new (witness, in only the last month, “Jurassic World” and “Terminator Genisys”). But picking the right star-on-the-rise to be the new kid on the block in the movie could be the key to success. “Jurassic,” which has broken box office records and shows no signs from coming down from the top of the box office, stars “Guardians of the Galaxy” breakout Chris Pratt, who was praised by critics as “tremendously likeable” and “every bit the matinee idol.” And there are few stars on the rise today like Jordan. He drew praise for his work in the 2013 drama “Fruitvale Station,” for which the actor was nominated for prizes such as the Best Male Lead prize at the Independent Spirit Awards and the MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance award. Buzzfeed called Jordan “Hollywood’s newest breakout star” and Entertainment Weekly named him as one of their breakout stars for 2013.
This summer's "Mad Max: Fury Road" tried a similar strategy, bringing on critically acclaimed actor Tom Hardy to play the title role with previous franchise actor Mel Gibson nowhere in sight. Mr. Hardy won praise for his work in the 2010 movie "Inception" and has been on the rise since, starring in the superhero movie "The Dark Knight Rises" and in the Oscar-nominated movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
In previous decades, a new version of a beloved property would have needed its original star, and Stallone’s here for “Creed.” But this trailer is all about star-on-the-rise Jordan.
"Creed" is scheduled to be released this November.