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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.
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
Acclaimed director and film multi-hyphenate Shaun Piccinino is set to direct American Fighter for ESX Entertainment. The film is a sequel to last year's American Wrestler: The Wizard which starred actor George Kosturos in the 1980-set tale of a young Iranian teen transplanted into a new town where he's forced to face adversity from all angles after joining the high school wrestling team.
Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…