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Selma star Tessa Thompson has joined the cast of Creed, the upcoming Rocky spin-off from director Ryan Coogler, which is set to reunite him with Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone will also feature in the cast, reprising the role of the now-retired Italian Stallion, as well as real life boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew.
The synopsis for Creed reads: “Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.”
- Gary Collinson
MGM’s Rocky spinoff pic, Creed, has finally cast its leading lady in the shape of Tessa Thompson. The actress is currently on a winning streak this year, after accruing critical acclaim for her turn in heavyweight drama Selma and bagging a Gotham award for her part in Dear White People. Now that she’s boarded the boxing pic, she’ll be entering the ring with another noted rising star.
Reuniting with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler for the movie is leading man Michael B. Jordan. He is locked in to take on the part of Apollo Creed’s grandson alongside the titular star of the original series, Sylvester Stallone. With Jordan’s character in training with the older, more wizened Rocky, it’s thought that project newcomer Thompson will play his love interest. But who knows, maybe they’ll meet in a co-ed punch-up?
Coogler and his co-writer »
- Gem Seddon
It's been quite a year so far for Tessa Thompson, between breaking out with a star turn in Justin Simien's acclaimed indie satire Dear White People and landing a supporting role in Ava DuVernay's awards contender Selma. I'm excited to start seeing more of Thompson, as she is a very good actor, and according to a recent Deadline article I won't have to wait too long to get my wish. Deadline reports Thompson is now set for a role in MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed, where she will be featured opposite Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan and Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) is directing the film from a script he wrote with Aaron Covington. In all, this sounds like a project ripe with talent, despite the fact it is treading somewhat familiar ground. Coogler pitched the project to MGM with the help of Stallone, and »
- Jordan Benesh
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role. Thompson will take the female lead in the film, which will likely be akin to the Adrian role played by Talia Shire. The actress showed great potential in her breakthrough performances in the aforementioned provocative, racial satire, a role which actually won her the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline is reporting Dear White People and Veronica Mars star Tessa Thompson has been cast as the female lead in the planned Rocky spinoff Creed. The film will focus on Apollo Creed's grandson (played by Michael B. Jordan), with Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa training the young boxer. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will direct Creed from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington, and production on the film is set to begin next month in Philadelphia. Thompson is a »
- Jesse Giroux
• Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year's Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline] • Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal's untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, »
- C. Molly Smith
Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington. Stallone will bring back his Rocky Balboa character as a trainer for the grandson of Apollo Creed, portrayed by Carl Weathers in 1976’s “Rocky.”
Thompson plays the host of the titular radio show in “Dear White People,” for which she won a breakthrough actress award from the Gotham Awards, and civil rights activist Diane Nash in “Selma.” She is repped by Greene & Associates, Mosaic and Jackoway Tyerman.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Dear White People star Tessa Thompson has landed the female lead in MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed. No details were given for the actress' character, but she will star alongside Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed, with Sylvester Stallone also starring as Rocky Balboa. The project was first announced back in July 2013, when Michael B. Jordan signed on to star for his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, who is co-writing the script with Aaron Covington.
The story follows Creed's grandson, raised in the lap of luxury, who has a natural instinct for boxing and pursues a career in the sweet science, against his family's wishes. Rocky Balboa, who is now a fight trainer, steps in to mentor and train the young man. The plot will also delve into the mythology of the entire Rocky franchise. We also reported last month that real-life boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew »
Exclusive: MGM’s Rocky spinoff Creed has found its female lead in Tessa Thompson, the actress who broke out this year in the Sundance hit Dear White People and also can be seen in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Oscar contender Selma.
Thompson will star opposite Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the film from Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler, which will see Stallone reprise his iconic character Rocky Balboa, now a trainer and mentor to the grandson (Jordan) of his boxing bestie Apollo Creed.
Coogler, who scripted with Aaron Covington, teamed with Stallone to pitch the project to MGM and is helming it as his follow-up to his Cannes-, Gotham- and Spirit Award-winning 2013 debut Fruitvale Station. Original Rocky producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff are producing alongside Stallone and Kevin King.
Thompson’s having a banner year: She won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for her turn in »
- Jen Yamato
You know you’ve made it when they make a onesie in your honour. Rocky’s is iconically straightforward: it is black with a red hood, it shows a pair of red gloves hanging around the neck, and across the shoulders the word ‘Rocky’ is displayed in typically solid white capitals. There is something so simple and straightforward about the whole Rocky franchise that makes it irresistible – but there is more to the story than just the commercialisation.
In truth, Sylvester Stallone’s eponymous hero was a merchandising man’s dream – or to put it another way, Stallone captured something of the American dream in his humble, heart-as-big-as-a-lion hero: American dreams have always been in fashion.
- Kyle Reese
Q: So did all cast members get their make-up done together?
A: No, we didn’t; we had separate bungalows. It was only when we were all on set, all grey or green or blue and we couldn’t touch anything because we would just smear paint and stuff all over everything. We’d all sit together and Dave would be eating a super-healthy meal, I’d be having some fish and chips and Chris would be asking me: ‘So how’s the texture? Do you like the fish?’ He couldn’t eat it himself because he was on a strict diet so he was always asking me what my food tasted like.
Q: How did you while away the long hours in the make-up chair?
A: Listening to music, talking… Sometimes I’d ask about Dave and was told, ‘This dude is meditating – he sits there and doesn’t »
- ComicMix Staff
In a series of tweets this afternoon, Stallone revealed that filming on the project is aiming to begin filming in January. He goes on to give a brief synopsis: "Creed the new movie with Michael B Jordon who plays Apollo's son and boxer who meets with Rocky ... an amazing relationship"
Aside from one family post back in June, Stallone has been off social media for over a year. He posted a bunch of tweets today, one of which indicating he also made up with Bruce Willis after their falling out over "The Expendables 3".
- Garth Franklin
A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?
It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.
Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.
When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger treated fans to a very special Q&A session in London last night (November 15).
The true Hollywood heavyweight answered questions from Jonathan Ross at the Lancaster London Hotel for 'An Evening With...', in which he discussed his careers in bodybuilding, movies and politics.
Arnie was on top form as he spoke passionately about Terminator, his unsupportive father, crashing tanks and Nicolas Cage nicking his roles. Digital Spy presents just eight of the evening's highlights.
1. He was quite clumsy in the military
"I was 18 years old and suddenly I was responsible for this 15-tonne tank. I was checking my gauges, and all of a sudden the tank was shaking, and I thought, 'What the hell is going on? This engine isn't running very well'. I totally forgot that the gear was in reverse and the tank was slowly going backwards, through the walls, and pipes were bursting and people were running! »
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
It's been a while since we first heard that Michael B Jordan (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) will team up with his "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler for "Creed," a "Rocky" spin-off focusing on Apollo Creed's grandson (Jordan) who is being mentored by Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Now comes word that "Creed" will begin shooting January in Las Vegas and Philadelphia, and that champion boxers Andrew Ward and Tony Bellew are in negotiations to join the cast. Bellew is a former 3-time heavyweight champion in the Amateur Boxing Association of England, and will be the main opponent for Creed, a fighter called "Pretty Ricky Porter." Ward is a current World Boxing Association champion in the super-middleweight division. »
It looks like director Ryan Cogler’s Rocky spin-off Creed is starting to pick up speed, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Wba super middleweight champion Andre Ward and former Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew are both in talks to join the film.
Creed will reunite Cogler with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan, who is set to portray the grandson of Apollo Creed. Bellew is in talks to play his main opponent, a character called ‘Pretty Ricky Porter’, while Sylvester Stallone will reprise the role of Rocky Balboa, who will serve as mentor to Creed.
Creed is slated to begin production in January, shooting in Vegas and Philadelphia.
- Gary Collinson
Announced last summer, the Rocky spin-off Creed has since been gaining muscle at studio MGM. Word this morning is that it'll be lacing up its gloves for a shoot in January, possibly meaning we could see it by the end of next year. Ryan Coogler is directing, with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan taking the lead and Sylvester Stallone returning as Rocky Balboa. Champion boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew are also in negotiations to get in the ring.The story, from what we know so far, centres on Apollo Creed’s grandson Adonis (Jordan), a young man whose family has tried to keep him away from the ring but whose natural talents as a pugilist draw him there anyway. Stallone will be easing into the Burgess Meredith role as Creed's trainer: a Rocky who has left the world of boxing behind and has no real desire »
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will star work on the planned Rocky spin-off movie Creed in January. The long planned project, which will focus on the grandson of the legendary [fictional] boxer Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers in the classic movies) who will be played by ‘Fruitvale’ and upcoming Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan. Said grandson goes by the interesting name of ‘Adonis’ in Coogler’s screenplay.
Sylvester Stallone has a vested interest in the film, and will actually appear as his most famous character in a supporting role. Character actor Luis Guzmán is also listed as having a role in the film.
The word on the street is that we’ll be seeing Creed towards the end of next year.
Let’s re-live Apollo’s greatest moment… God rest him…
Source: The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Paul Heath
Sylvester Stallone will be returning to the big screen to portray Rocky Balboa for the seventh time - but this time only in a supporting role. Instead, the focus will be on the grandson of Apollo Creed, in a movie by the name of, well, Creed.
For a while, this was earmarked as a TV series, but somewhere along the line it seems to have been upgraded to a movie. Michael B Jordan, who will be seen in next year's Fantastic Four reboot, has been earmarked to take the title role in Creed. It's set to be directed by Ryan Coogler, who helmed Jordan in the acclaimed Fruitvale Station.
Furthermore, we're hearing that boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellow are now in negotiations to join the film.
The plan is »
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