Creed III Debuts First Look at Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors's Ripped Fighters
Creed III director and star Michael B. Jordan has debuted the first posters for the upcoming Rocky spinoff series threequel.
Jordan shared the three new posters on his Twitter account while reminding fans that the upcoming sports drama film opens in theaters next March. The character posters for professional boxers Adonis Creed (Jordan) and Anderson Dame (Jonathan Majors) show the opponents at opposite ends of a boxing ring. Each poster features part of the film's tagline, which reads, "You can't run..."/"...from your past."
Following the success of Creed II, which raked in over $200 million off a $50 million budget, Jordan confirmed in Sept. 2019 that a third installment in the Rocky spinoff series was officially in active development. Jordan will make his feature directorial debut with Creed III, which is written by Keenan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Zach Baylin (King Richard) from a story by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever).
"Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right," Jordan said in Mar. 2021. "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."
Jonathan Majors Steps Into the Ring
While plot details for Creed III are still scarce, fans know that the upcoming threequel will feature Jordan stepping into the ring to fight Jonathan Majors, who is set to play a new character named Anderson Dame. In addition to becoming shredded for the role, Majors trained with a boxing coach to learn how to look convincing on camera. However, the coach was so impressed with the actor's commitment that he began schooling him like a real fighter, rather than teaching him how to fake it. Majors reportedly packed on five pounds of muscle for Creed III, helping him achieve a "warrior" physique for another one of his upcoming films, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, where he is set to play a new variant of Kang the Conqueror.
In addition to Jordan and Majors, Creed III stars Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris and Florian Munteanu, who reprise their roles from previous films as Bianca Taylor, Mary Anne Creed, Tony "Little Duke" Evers and Viktor Drago, respectively. One actor who won't be returning is Sylvester Stallone as Robert "Rocky" Balboa, making Creed III the first film in the Rocky franchise not to feature the star. Stallone remains attached to the project as a producer.
Creed III opens in theaters on March 3, 2023.