Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he is making his directorial debut on the forthcoming production of Creed III.
In the first two instalments of the Rocky franchise spin-off, Jordan took on the role of Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, the son of Apollo Creed from the original Rocky movies.
Deadline has now reported that MGM has confirmed rumours that Jordan will be taking the directorial chair for the latest boxing epic. The news had previously been touted by his Creed co-star Tessa Thompson.
Phylicia Rashad will star alongside Jordan and Thompson in the new outing, with Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin adapting an outline by Creed director Ryan Coogler into the polished screenplay. As of yet, it is unclear if whether Sylvester Stallone will appear in Creed III as Rocky Balboa.
Following the news, Jordan announced in a statement, “Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right.”
The Fruitvale Station star continued, “Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington [in the upcoming film Journal For Jordan] and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment.
“This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake.”
Production is due to start imminently on the project, but no release date has been revealed.
You can check out a trailer for Creed II below.