For residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Rocky film franchise has proven to be a boon for the city. So much so, we have a statue erected in the city of the fake prize fighter. Starring Sylvester Stallone, the story of the Philly Pugilist is one that not only put the city on the map, but displayed an eclectic cast of characters. Namely, Apollo Creed. And although the character met his untimely death in the ring, he now has a son to carry on his boxing legacy.
Creed stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, Wood Harris as Creed’s trainer, Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) as the proverbial love interest, and Phylicia Rashad as Creed’s mother.
Creed hit theaters November 25, 2015.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.