Sylvester Stallone’s beloved character, Rocky Balboa from the “Rocky” movie franchise, will not be in the latest “Creed” spin-off.
The 74-year-old actor will not appear in the upcoming installment of “Creed III,” his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stallone appeared in six “Rocky” films as a boxing champion and then again in the two “Creed” films as a mentor / coach to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed – son of Balboa’s former rival / friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
“Creed III” is scheduled to begin filming this year and has an expected release date of November 23, 2022. Jordan, 34, will also debut as a director and act as a producer.
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Jordan previously told THR: “Management has always been an ambition, but the timing had to be right … Creed III is that moment – a time in my life where I have become more confident in who I am and who holds agency in my own story, which matures personally, grows professionally and learns from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington and other top executives that I respect. All of this sets the table for this moment. “
“This franchise and especially the themes in Creed III are deeply personal to me,” the “Black Panther” star added. “I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the same responsibility for being its director and namesake.”
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In addition to Jordan, co-star Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are also returning in their respective roles.
“Rocky” premiered in 1976 and earned more than $ 225 million at the global box office, launching Stallone to fame.
He wrote the film and it went on to receive 10 Oscar nominations and won three Oscars, including the coveted Best Film Trophy.
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Stallone also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2019’s “Creed.” That year, he also won the Critic’s Choice Award and the Golden Globe Award in the same category.