“Creed 2”, directed by Sylvester Stallone, is set open on November 21, 2018
So, “Creed II” is the real deal, and is scheduled to premiere in U.S. cinemas on November 21, 2018. Sylvester Stallone has written the screenplay (read an excerpt here), and will be taking over directing duties from Creed’s director and creator, Ryan Coogler.
With the plot most certainly revolving around some kind of altercation with Rocky IV rival Ivan Drago, Hollywood is abuzz with rumors and suggestions for the young actor who could nab the role of Drago’s son. It is thought that Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) will be facing off against the second-generation Russian to avenge Apollo Creed’s death at the hands of Drago.
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Dolph Lundgren has been pumping iron lately, though is not officially confirmed to be in the film, but a new face has emerged as a possible contender to play the son: UFC fighter Sage Northcutt.
“The new Creed 2 movie is coming out, so I was actually going to audition for that,” the 21-year-old MMA fighter revealed in a recent interview with MMAFighting.com.
“Got a little audition tape so hopefully that goes through. That would be pretty neat,” Northcutt said. “Being Ivan Drago’s son in the movie? That would be pretty fun. I had some friends of mine and they were talking about it with me and I just got linked up with it. A few people, Mr. [Urijah] Faber mentioned it too, so it was really cool how it all came together.”
While Northcutt certainly has the look (and the 80’s hair) for the job, we wonder if Sly is willing to train a non-actor on the job for what will already be a heavily criticized film.
It’s been done before in the Rocky series with WBO heavyweight champ Tommy Morrison (as Tommy Gunn in Rocky V) and former light-heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver (as Maxon Dixon in Rocky Balboa) – even Mr. T (as Clubber Lang in Rocky III) to an extent had no real screen time before hitting it big with Stallone.
William Morris Endeavor, the company that invested $4 billion in the UFC in 2016, is behind the production of Creed 2. UFC has already spent a bundle investing in Northcutt’s fighting career, so the coincidence is pretty intriguing.
Northcutt’s audition has reportedly been submitted, but there’s no official comment on whether the fighter is actually in the running. This week, star Michael B. Jordan was caught by TMZ in a hilariously titled article, “Clueless Creed”, acting a bit coy when asked about Sage Northcutt’s involvement in the film. Click here to see the video of Jordan and gauge his response for yourself.