Variety reports that Michael B. Jordan will pull double duty on the newest Creed installment, starring in and directing Creed III.
MGM has announced that Jordan will make his directorial debut with the new film, which is set to be released in theaters on Nov. 23, 2022. Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are expected to return for the third installment, written by Keenan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Zach Baylin (King Richard), based on an outline by Ryan Coogler.
“Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. ‘Creed III’ is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment,” Jordan said.
Jordan stars in the boxing franchise as Adonis “Creed” Johnson, son of the fallen boxing champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) — Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) former foe turned friend, who was killed in a match versus Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV.
Is Michael B. Jordan the same caliber as Sylvester Stallone, who has directed himself in countless films? Admittedly, Sly’s films aren’t usually masterpieces. We wish Jordan the best and hope for a great ending to the Creed legacy.