Tessa Thompson Cast As Female Lead In CREED

Wow! This movie is really happening!

I’m always down for any news about Creed, the sort of Rocky sequel directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler. We’ve been talking about it for a while, but now it appears to really have forward momentum, and I couldn’t be happier.

Creed is basically going to focus on Apollo Creed’s grandson, played by Michael B. Jordan, as he learns to be a boxer worthy of his legacy. Who trains him? Why, Rocky Balboa, of course!

Now we learn that the film has a female lead and that she’ll be played by Dear White People and Selma’s Tessa Thompson. I only know her from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, but she was good in that! She danced ballet and got a bad abortion from Macy Gray and was slapped by Whoopi Goldberg and all kinds of great stuff. I hope she plays more than just a rote girlfriend role in Creed, but we'll just have to wait and see.