In an exciting, albeit shocking move, it appears the Creed franchise will continue to follow in the footsteps of its Rocky predecessor. Just as Sylvester Stallone inhabited the director’s chair for a bevy of Rocky films alongside a tenured starring role, Michael B. Jordan will next take the helm of the highly anticipated third installment of the Creed series, Deadline reports. The film will serve as Jordan’s directorial debut.
Creed, originally directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and its subsequent sequel Creed II has grossed a combined $387 million at the worldwide box office. Additionally, they serve as the latest additions to the wildly popular Rocky film series. The films star Michael B. Jordan as the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed as he looks to continue his father’s legacy alongside his trainer Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, who starred in the original Rocky films.
Production for the upcoming Creed 3 is currently in a state of unknown. However, MGM Studios will enlist the talents of up-and-coming filmmaker Zach Baylin (King Richard) to pen the script for Creed 3. Moreover, IMDb currently lists Phylicia Rashad as a returning cast member. It is likely the aforementioned Stallone and Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson will return as well.
Last year, the Raising Dion star turned in an award-worthy performance in the acclaimed film Just Mercy alongside Jamie Foxx. The ever-busy Michael B. Jordan has a full upcoming production slate. Next, he will star in Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan. Additionally, the multitalented performer recently boarded DC’s upcoming Static Shock feature as an executive producer.
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