creed 2 featurette

At 6’4″ and 245 pounds, Florian Munteanu’s Viktor Drago somehow makes the none-too-shabby Michael B. Jordan looks small. At least, that’s what the new Creed II featurette makes him out to be, introducing the Romanian boxer and actor, and all of his intimidating attributes, in all his glory. MGM released the clip ahead of the upcoming release of Creed II later this month, which sees Adonis Creed readying himself for a fight for not just his legacy, but for his life.

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Creed II featurette

The Rocky movies have always been about legacy. Sylvester Stallone‘s underdog boxer didn’t think he was going to win in his first bout with Apollo Creed back in the original movie – he just wanted to “go the distance” to prove he could hang in there with the best of ’em. 2015’s Creed was about legacy too, but in a different way: legacy was a burden in that film, a shadow from which Michael B. Jordan‘s Adonis needed to step out to establish himself as a boxer in his own right.

Surprise, surprise: the theme of legacy returns again in Creed II, with Adonis not only facing off against the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), but doing so as a new parent. Plus, in a more meta sense, new director Steven Caple Jr. has the franchise’s legacy to contend with as he tries to fill the shoes of previous director Ryan Coogler. Watch a new Creed II featurette below.
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creed ii images

The first official Creed II images are here, and they deliver a one-two punch of hype for this highly-anticipated sequel. Where Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed saw Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) wrestling with his father’s legacy as one of the greatest boxing champions of all time, Creed II sees him reckoning with the opponent who took his father’s life.

The new Creed II images show Adonis and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) preparing for this fight of a lifetime against Ivan Drago’s (Dolph Lundgren) son, Viktor (Florian Munteanu). And yes, of course the iconic American flag trunks are back.

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Creed 2 trailer breakdown

Step back into the ring with Adonis Creed in the fantastic Creed II trailer. The follow-up to 2015’s Creed has the son of Apollo Creed still grappling with the legacy of his deceased father. The stakes are higher, the tension has increased, and things look mighty dramatic for Adonis Creed.

Our Creed 2 trailer breakdown gloves up and examines this upcoming film.

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creed ii trailer

Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa are back in Creed II, the sequel to Ryan Coogler‘s fantastic 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed. Also back: Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) – the man who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in the ring many years ago. Watch the Creed II trailer below.

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Creed 2 Casting - Florian Munteanu

Back in November last year, we heard that Creed 2 might be looking for someone to play the son of Ivan Drago, the legendary boxer responsible for killing Apollo Creed in the ring at the beginning of Rocky IV in 1985. At the time, an MMA fighter named  Sage Northcutt said that he sent in a tape as an audition for the role, but there had been no real confirmation that the spin-off sequel starring Michael B. Jordan would bring in the offspring of another legacy character. Now not only do we have confirmation of the character’s involvement in the sequel, but we know who’s playing him as well, and it’s not the aforementioned MMA fighter.

Get the details on the Creed 2 casting of Ivan Drago’s son below. Read More »

Creed 2 Director

A few months ago, Sylvester Stallone revealed on his Instagram page that he would be directing Creed 2, the follow-up to Ryan Coogler‘s acclaimed Rocky spin-off from 2015. The silence that followed was deafening and now it seems like we know why – he’s not directing it. In fact, a brand new director whose name and work you probably don’t know is stepping behind the camera.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with Greg Kinnear, play a game about a child with cancer, grow old with someone we love, put Australia down as somewhere you definitely do not want to be an asylum seeker, and remember what it was like to be a teenager looking for your way in life. 

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