Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, reprising their roles of Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa, respectively. Creed II is the continuation of the Rocky saga and sequel to the 2015 critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing 2015 hit Creed, which took in more than $170 million at the worldwide box office. Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), who directed the first film, returns to the franchise as an executive producer on Creed II. The new film is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who helmed the critically hailed 2016 drama The Land.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
The film also stars Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Wood Harris as Tony “Little Duke” Burton, Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle, with Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne, and Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu portrays Viktor Drago.
Steven Caple Jr. directs from a screenplay by Juel Taylor and Sylvester Stallone; story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, and Sylvester Stallone. Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Guy Riedel are the executive producers.
Collaborating with Caple Jr. is a creative team led by director of photography Kramer Morgenthau, production designer Franco-Giacomocarbone; editors Dana E. Glauberman, Saira Haider and Paul Harb; composer Ludwig Göransson; music supervisors Fam Udeorji & Jen Malone; executive music producer Mike Will Made-It; costume designer Lizz Wolf, visual effects supervisor Crystal Dowd and co-producer Udi Nedivi. Casting was by Mary Vernieu and Lindsay Graham. Filming took place primarily in Philadelphia with additional locations in New Mexico.
Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler, was released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in November 2015 and went on to garner many honors for Stallone, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Creed II will be distributed theatrically in the U.S. by MGM on November 21, 2018, and Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film internationally, beginning in November.