Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
Adrian's Restaurant scene was filmed at The Victor Cafe in Philadelphia.
An empty store in Philadelphia was converted into a boxing gym where some training scenes were shot.
Sylvester Stalone stated on Morning Call that he wants to follow this character and to do more Rocky in the Creed sequels.
Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan had previously worked for Fruitvale Station (2013).
The longest film in the Rocky series.
This film reunites Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson, who both starred in the Tyler Perry drama For Colored Girls (2010). It also reunites Rashad with Michael B. Jordan, who guest starred on Rashad's sitcom Cosby (1996).
Rocky reveals that Apollo won their third fight from the end of Rocky III.
Adonis loses the main fight by split decision. In Rocky, Apollo wins the main fight by split decision.
Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa) requested that Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Creed) wear the famous American flag trunks that Apollo Creed wore in Rocky (1976) and Rocky wore in Rocky III (1982) and Rocky IV (1985) to keep tradition in the "Rocky" universe.
Following in the tradition of his father Apollo, Adonis is named after a character in Greek mythological history. Where as Apollo was named after the Greek sun god, Adonis is named after the demi-god of beauty and desire.
This will be the first movie in the Rocky series not to have Rocky's name in title.
Reunites Wood Harris and Michael B. Jordan after The Wire (2002).
The Schude Group was recognized as the the biggest fan of the Rocky Saga. They were given key roles in Creed for their dedication. You will see them as corner men in the final fight scenes.
This is the first film in the Rocky saga in which Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) will not be fighting. He will be the mentor and trainer of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan).
The first movie not featuring the characters of Paulie (played by Burt Young) and Apollo's former trainer Tony "Duke" Evers (played by Tony Burton), and the second not featuring Talia Shire as Adrian (although flashbacks of Adrian did appear in Rocky Balboa).
Filming began in January 2015 in Philadelphia.
The Everton v West Brom game where some of the crowd shots were filmed was a Monday night. Sylvester Stallone is a big Everton Fan and asked fans if they wanted to participate in the film.
This is the first film in the "Rocky" film series to be distributed by Warner Bros.
This film reunites actor Michael B. Jordan with writer/director Ryan Coogler, who had previously collaborated on the 2013 biographical film Fruitvale Station.
Some crowd scenes were shot at Goodison Park, Liverpool during half-time of the Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion Premier League fixture on 19 January 2015.
Only film to feature the Rocky Balboa character that is not directed by Sylvester Stallone or John G. Avildsen.
With the release of this film, the only character to appear in all of the films set in the Rocky universe will be Rocky himself (in second place are Paulie (Burt Young) and Tony "Duke" Evers (Tony Burton) who previously appeared in the six films prior to this one).
This is the first film in the "Rocky" series that is not written by Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa).
Flashbacks of Apollo Creed will be shown in this film.
In the filming of this movie Sylvester Stallone had to break up a fight between two other boxers.
The release date of the movie is November 25, 2015. That is 40 years to the day after the date when the opening scene of the original "Rocky" takes place.
Star Michael B. Jordan was born in 1987, 2 years after the fictional death of Apollo Creed.
At the time of this film's release, Sylvester Stallone was the same age as Burgess Meredith was at the time Rocky was released (69).
The training facility is called "Mickey's" on front street in Philadelphia, after the character played by Burgess Meredith in the first three Rocky movies.
This is the second teaming of Sly Stallone and Graham McTavish. The first being Rambo.
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