Ever since Sylvester Stallone jumped back into the director's chair for Creed II, replacing a Black Panther occupied Ryan Coogler, rumors have been swirling (mostly propagated by the Italian Stallion himself) that Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) was going to square off against the offspring of Russian Apollo Killer, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV).
Now, these whispers have been pretty much confirmed by MMA fighter Sage Northcutt, who in an interview with MMAFighting.com, dropped this tidbit about his recent audition:
“The new Creed II movie is coming out so I was actually going to audition for that. Got a little audition tape, so hopefully that goes through. That would be pretty neat. Being Ivan Drago’s son in the movie? That would be pretty fun. Sylvester Stallone seems like a really cool guy, and Dolph Lundgren seems awesome. I think me and Mr. Dolph Lundgren look kind of alike.”
To be fair, he does kinda look like Lundgren, as evidenced by this Photoshopped tweet the fighter posted recently:
But let's be real: this is a fucking terrible idea. What made Coogler's Creed so essential was that it felt like it was coming from a fresh voice - a holiday blockbuster that embraced its blackness and was bold enough to chart its new protagonist's own path, while still gifting Balboa an arc that was heartfelt and true to who he is. This just feels like empty nostalgia and cheap fan-service, desperately recycling iconography when it's not needed at all.
Are we here at BMD still going to watch Creed II? Without a doubt (I mean, Evan still draws breath, after all). But this development is putting a definite damper on our enthusiasm.