CREED – first look at ROCKY spinoff April 15, 2015 Synopsis hints at an ailing Rocky… Get ready to go for it! A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:51am PDT From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed.’ The film explores a new chapter in the ‘Rocky’ story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his ‘Fruitvale Station’ star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed. 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. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring? ‘Creed’ also stars Tessa Thompson (‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (‘Steel Magnolias’) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the ‘Rocky’ series written by Stallone.