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Michael B. Jordan Gets His 'Eye Of The Tiger' Role In CREED!
Actor Michael B. Jordan has been the talk of the town since the highly underrated release of the 2012 found-footage sci-fi teen superhero drama, Chronicle. Highly regarded for his amazing on-screen presence in TV and film, Jordan's name has been tossed through the superhero movie hemisphere from rumors of a role as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, to the somewhat-serious mention of a romantic pairing with Spider-Man as a new take on the character, M.J..
Surely enough, it is a bright and bold sign that Jordan's career has taken off in solid fashion, especially while off the heels of a stellar performance from the same actor/director duo for their multi-festival award winning film, Fruitvale Station, featuring Jordan's biographical portrayal of tragic events that led to the tragic police shooting of unarmed victim, Oscar Grant, back in 2009.
Today's reporting from Deadline states that the actor is set to star in a prestigious role for an upcoming MGM film following the highly successful Rocky film series. The film in question is titled Creed, with filmmaker Ryan Coogler tapped to direct, and partnered with actor Sylvester Stallone to return to the franchise once more since 2006 in Rocky Balboa.
According to Deadline, Jordan's character will tying into the first four films of the franchise as the grandson of the late film character Apollo Creed, who was originally played by actor Carl Weathers. The intended plot follows the young man as he grows up living a well-off life thanks to the success of his late grandfather. He also discovers he has a natural knack for boxing just as his grandfather, and, in search of a mentor, turns to none other than Rocky himself, the retired living who fought and trained with his father in and out of the ring until his death in Rocky 4.
Fan ranting away right now as this will be Stallone's seventh turn at the role in the hit film franchise that made Rocky a household name, coined the phrase, "Go For It!", made hits out of powerful music by artists including Bill Conti, 80's rock band Survivor, and John Cafferty, and turned the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art into a cinematic landmark. The story itself is so compelling just reading about it, given that this film will pair two characters from grew up on different sides of the economy, with potential themes that surround confronting past demons, identifying what makes a man great in the pursuit of his own unique dreams in the course of learning about himself and knowing himself, and the power of staying hungry. I predict that these are answers to questions Jordan's character will face when this film goes into production, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Creed comes as Stallone is also setting up the Broadway musical production of "Rocky" for next Spring. Creed producer Kevin King will be joined by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, the original producers who also worked on the first Rocky film in 1976. Stallone is also set to fit a pair of boxing gloves opposite actor Robert DeNiro for their own boxing comedy/drama, Grudge Match, set to release this Christmas.
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!