The ‘Creed’ franchise has grown far beyond its beginnings as a spin-off of the ‘Rocky’ franchise, in which Sylvester Stallone’s titular pugilist helps train Adonis “Donnie” Creed, son of his longtime friend and rival Apollo Creed. Of. Carl Weathers in the original films).
Through 2015’s “Creed” (directed by Ryan Coogler) and 2018’s “Creed II” (with Steven Capel Jr. in the director’s chair), Donnie battles his demons, fights powerful opponents in the ring, and fights against Bianca. Tried to build a family life together (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter, who inherits her mother’s hearing difficulties.
“Creed III” moves the story forward a few years, but also several years back, as the story sees Donnie reuniting with old friend and eccentric Damien Anderson (Jonathan Majors), who went to prison, and was outraged that Adonis didn’t ( as he was involved in the incident).
Out of prison and quietly enraged by vengeance, Anderson threatens Donnie – and Adonis decides to face the place he knows best – the ring. And without Rocky in his life for this round, this time around, the fight is really personal.
And it’s even more personal for the man in front of the camera—who steps behind it for the first time. Michael B. Jordan, who has played Adonis since the first film, is also the director here.
“I think it was the right time for me,” Jordan said at a news conference for the trailer. “I finally got to the point in my career where I wanted to tell a story and not just be in front of the camera, but also follow someone else’s vision. And a character I’ve never seen before. Twice it’s been seven, eight years being with this guy. So to be able to tell a story of where I believe Adonis is, and even at 35, I have a young man As in, there was so much to say as a young black man, just my life experiences and how I could really share that, through these characters and through this story, one of my own with the world. Share the excerpt. You just have to jump in the deep end and go for it, you know?”
It was the perfect timing, but that didn’t stop it from being a big effort for Jordan. “It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, just learning to push yourself to new limits everyday how to communicate and really take on what’s on your mind and let other people take on that passion. Enthusiasm and want to execute our vision to the best of our ability.”
With Donnie’s past once again playing a big part in his present, Jordan was candid about the themes of this third film. “I think thematically, you know, for us family is always the core, you know, family and heart.” You have to face your past and find out who you really are. You know, I think that’s something that we address in this film.”
‘Creed III’ will hit theaters on March 3 next year.
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