The new trailer for Creed II is here. The sequel to 2015’s Rocky spin-off stars rising boxer Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed once more, with Sylvester Stallone returning to play Rocky Balboa for the eighth time. It hits theaters on November 21.
The latest trailer centers on the confrontation between Creed and Viktor Drago, the son of the Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Adonis’s dad Apollo in the classic Rocky IV. As well as Jordan and Stallone, we see Tessa Thompson as Creed’s girlfriend Bianca, plus Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu as Viktor. Even more excitedly for Rocky fans, we finally have footage of Dolph Lundgren, reprising his role as Ivan Drago and looking like he still wants to beat up Rocky. Check it out above.
This trailer follows the first teaser, that was released back in June. Creed II is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who previously made the acclaimed 2016 indie hit The Land. Stallone himself was originally set to direct–as well as co-write–the movie, but he ultimately stepped aside. In December, the action icon explained this decision, stating that it was important for the director to be “part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible.”
In a recent interview with Movieweb, Cheo Hodari Coker, who wrote the movie with Stallone, spoke about the themes of the movie. “It’s about the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers,” he said. “Even though Drago is alive, his son is haunted by him because Drago is a broken man who’s trying to rebuild himself through the son. Apollo Creed isn’t broken but because Apollo died, Adonis Creed is still haunted by his father’s death and how it defined him, what it is it means now to be a champion. He’s aspiring to be a champion but also at the same time trying to figure out who it is he is.”
Stallone won a Golden Globe for his performance as the aging Rocky in Creed and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The movie made $173.6 million at the worldwide box office.