‘Fences’ star Russell Hornsby has joined the cast of the highly anticipated ‘Creed 2’ alongside Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.
The 43-year-old actor – who recently starred in the 2016 movie ‘Fences’ – has reportedly signed on to star alongside Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in the highly anticipated sequel to the ‘Rocky’ spin-off, Deadline report.
The new film is being directed by Steven Caple Jr., from an original screenplay written by Stallone based on characters from the franchise.
It is not known who Hornsby will be playing in the Steven Caple Jr. movie, which also features ‘Black Panther’ helmer Ryan Coogler – who directed the first movie – as executive producer.
Jordan is returning as Adonis Creed and Stallone as Rocky Balboa. Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris and Andre Ward are reprising their roles. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Stallone. “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, who directed “Creed,” is exec producing.
Jordan is set to reprise his role as boxer Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed in the upcoming sequel and recently said he was “really excited” to work with Caple.
The new movie will follow Adonis who is facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past which intensifies his battle in the ring.
Stallone teased ‘Creed 2’ would be inspired by ‘Rocky IV’ and shared a photoshopped movie poster in which Adonis stands toe-to-toe with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) who was responsible for killing his father Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring in the 1985 classic.
‘Creed’ was a spin-off and sequel to the hit ‘Rocky’ film franchise, in which Stallone portrayed heroic boxer Rocky Balboa six times.
Stallone appeared as the Italian Stallion in ‘Creed’ and was responsible for training Adonis, the son of heavyweight champion Apollo – Rocky’s most famous opponent – who was portrayed by Weathers in the first four ‘Rocky’ movies.
“Fences” star Russell Hornsby has joined Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in MGM-Warner Bros.’ “Creed II,” which began shooting Monday in Philadelphia.
Florian Munteanu is playing Viktor Drago, the son of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago character from “Rocky IV.” Hornsby is portraying the Buddy Marcelle character. “Creed II” will be distributed theatrically in the U.S. by MGM on Nov. 21 and Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film internationally.
Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris and Andre Ward are also reprising their roles from the first movie.