Michael B. Jordan to Star Opposite Sylvestor Stallone in New ‘Rocky’ Film

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Former “” and “” actor  has been cast in the lead role opposite  in the newest chapter in the “Rocky” franchise entitled “Creed,” which is set to begin shooting this month in Philadelphia.

“Creed” is said to follow Jordan as Adonis Creed, grandson of the infamous Apollo Creed (played by  in the original “Rocky” through “Rocky IV”), who is forbidden by his family from entering the boxing ring, but does it anyway with the help of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), who he hires as his coach.

Set for a 2016 release, the film reunites Jordan with “Fruitvale Station” director , who will also direct “Creed.”

In addition to “Creed,” Jordan can next be seen in “” as Johnny Storm (aka: The Human Torch) in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the film franchise, which also stars , ,  and .

“It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can,” Jordan said last summer during filming of the “Fantastic” movie to MTV News.

“The Fantastic Four” is set for an August 7 release.

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