The long-running Rocky franchise continues to churn on, with a new sequel to 2015’s spinoff, Creed, preparing to go before the cameras. The story will reportedly focus on the son of Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo Reed in that 1985 film. The latest casting confirms that news with a real-life professional boxer taking on the role of Drago’s son.
Sylvester Stallone announced on Instagram that German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has joined the cast as the as-yet-unnamed son.
“Congratulations to Florian ‘Big Nasty’ Munteanu for getting the part as IVAN DRAGOS son,” wrote Stallone. “27 years old, 6 feet four, 245 pounds of talent.”
Michael B. Jordan will return to Creed 2 as Apollo’s son, Adonis Creed, and as you might expect, will likely have some strong feelings toward the Drago family.
There’s no word yet on whether Dolph Lungren will return as Ivan Drago, but considering his character looms large over the sequel’s plot, the chances are good that we’ll see him again.
Stallone, who co-wrote Creed 2 with Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, will return once again as Adonis’ trainer, former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa.
Westworld co-star Tessa Thompson will also return to the sequel to play Adonis’ love interest, singer-songwriter Bianca.
Jordan’s frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler co-wrote and directed the original Creed, but will not be returning for the follow-up.
Instead, up-and-coming indie film director Steve Caple, Jr. (The Land, Grown-ish) will take over the director’s chair on Creed 2.
The Rocky series began all the way back in 1976 with the Best Picture-winning original film and continued through 1990’s Rocky V.
In 2006, Stallone wrote, directed, and starred in a concluding chapter titled Rocky Balboa, hoping to satisfy fans who were left disappointed by Rocky V.
Now the series is continuing, albeit with a focus on Adonis Creed, though Stallone continues to return as Balboa.