Creed 2 is rolling cameras in Philly, setting up a personal fight between the sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago.

News Joseph Baxter Don Kaye

Apr 2, 2018

Creed 2 will continue to showcase the legacy-embracing exploits of Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed, rejoined by his sagely mentor in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa and love interest, Tessa Thompson’s Bianca.

This time, Adonis must uphold his family legacy in a fight against Vitor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (a returning Dolph Lundgren), the roided Russian who, as famously depicted in 1985’s Rocky IV, killed his father, Apollo Creed, in the ring and callously declared, “If he dies, he dies.” Thus, Adonis will, again, train with Rocky to get some hearts on fire for what will surely be a highly personal contest.

Steven Caple Jr. (The Land, Class) will direct the film, working off a script by Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage, Ray Donovan). Caple Jr. steps in for original Creed director Ryan Coogler, who’s looking towards a sequel to his Marvel mega-hit, Black Panther. The acquisition of Caple Jr. came after Sylvester Stallone himself had signed up to direct, only to bow out.

Creed 2 News

Sylvester Stallone has announced that Creed 2 has kicked off production today (April 2) in Philadelphia, where, as his Instagram video reveals, the concept of April showers is already living up to its reputation.

The action icon also uses the announcement video to reflect on the franchise’s by-comparison humble beginnings, reflecting on the van motor home trailer he used during production of 1976’s original Rocky, compared to the likely-decked-out home-away-from-home he’ll be using for Creed 2 in 2018.

Creed 2 Release Date

Creed 2 is in production now, set to arrive in theaters on November 21.

Creed 2 Cast

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu, known as “The Big Nasty,” has been cast as Michael B. Jordan’s opponent in the ring in Creed 2 as reported by The Tracking Board.

Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the Russian boxer who took on both Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in 1985’s Rocky IV — with Apollo not walking away from their battle. Since Jordan’s Adonis Creed is Apollo’s son, he’s almost certainly going to want to inflict a world of hurt — if not more — on the offspring of the man who killed his dad.

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There was no question that a Creed sequel would happen: the 2015 film grossed $173 million worldwide, was acclaimed by fans and critics and even landed Stallone an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. However, basing Creed 2 on one of the least acclaimed (although most financially successful) entries in the original Rocky series might give one pause.