The second official trailer for Creed II is giving off some serious Rocky vibes.
According to the description, the sequel to the 2015 sports drama film is about "going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history."
Boxer Adonis "Donny" Johnson, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, is confronted by a ghost of the past, as he is set to share the boxing ring with the son of the man (Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago) who killed his father Apollo Creed. With Apollo's friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) in his corner, Donny will try to repeat history against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), while doing what is best for his own family.
As if Jordan didn't already look jacked in the new poster for Creed II that was released a day earlier, he strikingly is in its latest sneak peek. This led us to wonder how Jordan and co. are putting in the work for the highly anticipated follow-up. After stalking Stallone and his workouts on Instagram, it's time to check out the accounts of his fellow stars.
Just like Sly, Lundgren doesn't look his ripe age of 60. From fight to basic gym training, the Swedish Hollywood star rarely takes the day off. There is the possibility of Rocky and his biggest rival exchanging more than words in Creed II, and if it does come to that, Ivan will be no slouch even without the returning character's roid angle.
Judging by Munteanu's feed, director Ryan Coogler seemed to have made the right decision to cast an actual boxer—the Romanian heavyweight—as Donny's main antagonist Viktor. The 6'4", 245-pound slugger (appeared in Bogat) certainly has his fictional dad's physique and stature, which he achieved through countless hours of weight training, back gains, and bag work.
Michael B. Jordan
In an interview with Esquire, personal trainer Corey Calliet describes Jordan's workout, which involved a lot of weightlifting, as "a lot of pain and punishment going on in our lives for the next five months. When we go to Philly, it's going to be like boot camp. We're just going to be eating and training all day: eat, train, take a break; eat, train, take a break; eat, train, all day long."