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Michael B. Jordan Gets His 'Eye Of The Tiger' Role In CREED!
Actor Michael B. Jordan has been the talk of the town since the highly underrated release of the 2012 found-footage sci-fi teen superhero drama, Chronicle. Highly regarded for his amazing on-screen presence in TV and film, Jordan's name has been tossed through the superhero movie hemisphere from rumors of a role as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, to the somewhat-serious mention of a romantic pairing with Spider-Man as a new take on the character, M.J..
Surely enough, it is a bright and bold sign that Jordan's career has taken off in solid fashion, especially while off the heels of a stellar performance from the same actor/director duo for their multi-festival award winning film, Fruitvale Station, featuring Jordan's biographical portrayal of tragic events that led to the tragic police shooting of unarmed victim, Oscar Grant, back in 2009.
Today's reporting from Deadline states that the actor is set to star in a prestigious role for an upcoming MGM film following the highly successful Rocky film series. The film in question is titled Creed, with filmmaker Ryan Coogler tapped to direct, and partnered with actor Sylvester Stallone to return to the franchise once more since 2006 in Rocky Balboa.
According to Deadline, Jordan's character will tying into the first four films of the franchise as the grandson of the late film character Apollo Creed, who was originally played by actor Carl Weathers. The intended plot follows the young man as he grows up living a well-off life thanks to the success of his late grandfather. He also discovers he has a natural knack for boxing just as his grandfather, and, in search of a mentor, turns to none other than Rocky himself, the retired living who fought and trained with his father in and out of the ring until his death in Rocky 4.
Fan ranting away right now as this will be Stallone's seventh turn at the role in the hit film franchise that made Rocky a household name, coined the phrase, "Go For It!", made hits out of powerful music by artists including Bill Conti, 80's rock band Survivor, and John Cafferty, and turned the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art into a cinematic landmark. The story itself is so compelling just reading about it, given that this film will pair two characters from grew up on different sides of the economy, with potential themes that surround confronting past demons, identifying what makes a man great in the pursuit of his own unique dreams in the course of learning about himself and knowing himself, and the power of staying hungry. I predict that these are answers to questions Jordan's character will face when this film goes into production, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Creed comes as Stallone is also setting up the Broadway musical production of "Rocky" for next Spring. Creed producer Kevin King will be joined by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, the original producers who also worked on the first Rocky film in 1976. Stallone is also set to fit a pair of boxing gloves opposite actor Robert DeNiro for their own boxing comedy/drama, Grudge Match, set to release this Christmas.
There's a ton of things happening right now with all things John Wick. The origin comic, as well as two spin-offs are among the raft of projects already in development as Chad Stahelski now looks toward bringing the third film in the canon to life for next year.
For this, casting is already underway and with exclusive reporting from That Hashtag Show which reveals the addition of actor Sanada Hiroyuki to the movie. Sanada, whose international career has seen him work with legends like Fukusaku Kinji, Corey Yuen, and stars like Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Reuniting with 47 Ronin lead Keanu Reeves reprising the title role of the John Wick franchise, Sanada will star the head of a crime syndicate with a score to settle with our stoic assassin now on the run from his former fellowship of clandestined assassins. The two will reportedly be rejoined by actress Ruby Rose and actor Common following their appearances in last year's sequel in which both go toe-to-toe with Reeves.
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…