In Creed we saw Donnie Creed (Jordan), son of Apollo Creed, become Rocky’s trainee and step into his father’s shoes as a champion boxer. In Creed II things are becoming more complicated: this is now a Donnie with 'everything to lose', and his next opponent is the son of the boxer who killed his father.
The trailer is punchy, and not just because of the swinging fists. Moments of vulnerability are spliced with flashes of violence, and the combination reaches a powerful peak when Donnie’s Aunt Mary Anne, played by Phylicia Rashad, shuts him down with a cutting 'don’t pretend this is about your father'. There's clearly much more at stake than family loyalties here.
Many staple cast members are returning for Creed II, including Sylvester Stallone, whose performance as Rocky in Creed won him his first Golden Globe. Indie powerhouse Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) is also back as up-and-coming singer and love interest Bianca. Fans of the original Rocky films will also be excited to hear that Dolph Lundgren is reprising his role as Ivan Drago, the infamous antagonist who first appeared in Rocky IV.
The anticipation is hotting up, and thankfully there's not much longer to go now – Creed II has been confirmed for a 30 November release in the UK. Better start warming up.
|What||Creed II: everything you need to know|
30 Nov 18 – 30 Dec 19, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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