Creed II

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Creed II
Creed ii poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed bySteven Caple, Jr.
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
Based onCharacters
by Sylvester Stallone
Starring
Music byLudwig Göransson[1]
CinematographyKramer Morgenthau
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (United States)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (International)
Release date
  • November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14) (Lincoln Center)
  • November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Creed II is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor. A sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, it stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Andre Ward, and Phylicia Rashad. Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler serves as an executive producer on the film.

The film follows Adonis Creed training in order to defeat the son of Ivan Drago, the powerful athlete who killed his father in the ring more than 33 years prior. It is scheduled to be released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on November 21, 2018, and internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Premise[edit]

In 1985, the Soviet boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) killed former heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed during an exhibition fight in Las Vegas. That same year, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) defeated Ivan Drago in a boxing match on Christmas Day in the Soviet Union. Thirty-three years later, Apollo Creed's son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), with Rocky's training and guidance, seeks to avenge his father's death by fighting Drago's son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) while at the same time, Ivan hopes to reclaim his honor through Viktor.

Cast[edit]

  • Michael B. Jordan as Adonis "Donnie" Creed: An underdog but talented light heavyweight boxer and the son of world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. He goes by the name Donnie Johnson in order to separate himself from his family's legacy.
  • Sylvester Stallone as Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr.: A two-time world heavyweight champion and Apollo's rival-turned-friend who becomes Adonis' trainer and mentor. He owns and operates an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia named after his deceased wife, Adrian.
  • Tessa Thompson as Bianca Porter: Adonis's girlfriend, who since the first film has become the mother of his child. She continues to work as a singer-songwriter despite suffering from progressive hearing loss.
  • Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago: USSR's former prize champion boxer, who with the secret use of steroids and advanced training, gained worldwide attention due to his brute strength that had not been seen before. Years prior, he killed Apollo Creed during an exhibition boxing match, and was later defeated by Rocky. Disgraced by his loss, he now seeks to restore his reputation through his son.
  • Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago: Drago's son who is also a boxer, and Adonis' new rival. He spent his entire life training to carry on his father's legacy, resulting in him seeing Adonis as the key to bring it back to glory.
  • Wood Harris as Tony "Little Duke" Evers: One of Wheeler's assistant trainers. His father, Tony "Duke" Evers, was a father-figure for Apollo as well as his trainer/manager when Apollo became world heavyweight champion. He then became one of Rocky's trainers after Apollo's death.
  • Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle
  • Andre Ward as Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler: A light heavyweight boxer and rival to Adonis.
  • Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed: Apollo's widow and Adonis' stepmother, who takes in Adonis as a child following the death of Adonis' biological mother.
  • Brigitte Nielsen as Ludmila Drago: Ivan's wife and Viktor's mother.[3][4][5]
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Robert Balboa, Jr.: Rocky's son, who moved to Vancouver in the period between Rocky Balboa and Creed.[6]
  • Jacob "Stitch" Duran as himself
  • Linda Cohn as herself
  • Roy Jones Jr. as himself
  • Michael Buffer as himself
  • Evander Holyfield as himself
  • Sugar Ray Leonard as himself

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

On January 5, 2016, Sylvester Stallone and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CEO Gary Barber confirmed to Variety that a sequel to Creed was in development.[7] The same month, Stallone posed the possibility of seeing Milo Ventimiglia appear in the sequel, reprising his role as Rocky's son Robert Balboa from Rocky Balboa.[8] Ventimiglia previously revealed during the development of Creed that he was open to returning to the franchise, stating, "I'll tell you what, if they invited me, I'd love to be there. If they didn't, I wouldn't be offended."[9] It was revealed in April 2018 that Ventimiglia would have an appearance in the film.[10] On January 11, 2016, Barber revealed that Ryan Coogler would not be returning due to scheduling conflicts, because he was attached to Black Panther, though he would return as executive producer.[11] Michael B. Jordan's schedule ended up being delayed due to Black Panther, as he was starring in that film.[11] In July 2017, Stallone confirmed that he had completed the script for the sequel, and also revealed that Ivan Drago would be featured in the film.[12] In October 2017, it was announced that Stallone would direct and produce the film.[13] However, in December 2017, it was reported that Steven Caple Jr. would instead direct the film with Tessa Thompson confirmed to reprise her role of Bianca, Creed's love interest.[14] In January 2018, Romanian boxer and kickboxer Florian Munteanu was cast in the film to play Drago's son with Dolph Lundgren set to reprise his role of Drago.[15] In March 2018, Russell Hornsby joined the cast while Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, and Andre Ward were confirmed to reprise their roles from the prior film.[16]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in March 2018.[17][18] Filming occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood,[19] and was completed on June 7, 2018.[20]

Release[edit]

Creed II is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 21, 2018.[21] It premiered on November 14, 2018 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.[22]

Reception[edit]

Box office projections[edit]

In the United States and Canada, Creed II will be released alongside Ralph Breaks the Internet and Robin Hood, as well as the wide expansion of Green Book, and is projected to gross around $48 million in its five-day opening weekend.[23]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 73% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch."[24] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Creed II (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Brigitte Nielsen filming Creed 2 this week? — Moviehole.net
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  5. ^ Creed 2 Week 2 — Michael B Jordan & Brigitte Nielsen Spotted In Philly PLUS — Philly Chit Chat
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  7. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (January 5, 2016). "Sylvester Stallone Says 'Creed' Sequel Could Reunite Rocky and Apollo (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Friedman, Roger (January 4, 2016). "Oscar Favorite Sylvester Stallone Says "Creed II" Could Bring Back Rocky's Son". Showbiz 411. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
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  12. ^ Evry, Max (July 21, 2017). "Drago Confirmed for Creed II as Stallone Finishes Script". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  13. ^ Desta, Yohana. "He's Back: Sylvester Stallone Will Direct Creed 2". HWD. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 11, 2017). "Steven Caple Jr. to Direct 'Creed 2' Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 15, 2018). ""Creed 2": Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu to Play Dolph Lundgren's Son and Michael B. Jordan's Opponent (Exclusive)". The Tracking Board. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 2, 2018). "Russell Hornsby Joins 'Creed II'; Melvin Gregg Cast In 'High Flying Bird'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "'Creed II' filming at the Art Museum: Dolph Lundgren spotted - Philly".
  18. ^ "Creed 2 Starts Filming as First Set Photos Emerge". March 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Mondon, Marielle (April 3, 2018). "Don't freak out but Michael B. Jordan is training at this local gym". PhillyVoice. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "That's a wrap on Philly". Creed. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Trumbore, Dave. "'Creed 2' Release Date Confirmed for Late November 2018". Collider. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  22. ^ "GALLERY: Creed II stars light up the red carpet at New York City premiere". The Grio. November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 1, 2018). "Ralph Breaks The Internet' Tracking To $65M; 'Creed II' Eyeing $48M, 'Robin Hood' $17M In Thanksgiving B.O. Showdown". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
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  25. ^ "Creed II reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2018.

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