Michael B Jordan will make his directorial debut with the third instalment in the Creed series, it’s now been confirmed.

Michael B Jordan, star of the Creed films, has sealed a deal with MGM to direct the third chapter of the series, itself an offshoot of the popular Rocky boxing franchise. What’s more, MGM has also revealed the release date of the film: 23rd November, 2022.

Jordan’s stock is certainly high at the moment. He stars in the Tom Clancy action thriller Without Remorse, releasing in April, which could be another franchise starter for the actor (even though Paramount sold the film to Amazon Prime Video). Also, rumours of him playing Superman just won’t go away, having persisted for years now. Add to that, the actor will now have the opportunity to helm a major studio picture which he will also produce and star in. It’s an impressive rise indeed, especially if Jordan can bring the same presence to directing that he has to acting, with his standout performance in 2019’s Just Mercy being criminally overlooked during that year’s award season.

Jordan had this to say about directing Creed III: “Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right… 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, 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”.

The film is being scripted by Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin based on a story treatment by Ryan Coogler.

Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are expected to return although series stalwart, Sylvester Stallone has previously announced that Creed II was the final appearance in the franchise for his character, the iconic Rocky Balboa. Still, like any ageing boxing legend, Stallone has brought the character out of retirement before…

We’ll bring you more news on the project as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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