Phylicia Rashad To Play Apollo Creed’s Widow In Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed’

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Phylicia Rashad To Play Apollo Creed’s Widow In Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed’
Posted by Wilson Morales

January 8, 2015

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According to Showbiz411, Phylicia Rashad has been added to the cast of Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” playing the widow of Apollo Creed and grandmother to Michael B. Jordan’s character.  She joins Tessa Thompson, who plays the female lead. The two starred together in Tyler Perry’s 2014 film For Colored Girls.

Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man (Jordan) doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.

Sylvester Stallone will returning to reprise his role Balboa.

Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler

Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985′s Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating. The elder Creed, played by Carl Weathers, appeared in the first four Rocky films.

In talks to join the film are champion boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew with Bellew to play a fighter named “Pretty Ricky Porter,” Michael B. Jordan’s main opponent in the ring.

Apollo Creed Best known for playing opposite Bill Cosby in ‘The Cosby Show,’  Rashad was last seen in TV adaptation of ‘Steel Magnolias’ opposite Queen Latifah. Other film credits include Tyler Perry’s ‘Good Deeds,’ Halle Berry’s mother in ‘Frankie and Alice,’ and ‘Just Right’ with Queen Latifah again.

Writer/director Ryan Coogler, who directed Jordan in the award-winning Fruitvale Station, is drafting Creed alongside Aaron Covington. Stallone will also produce, alongside Robert Chartoff, Kevin King and Irwin Winkler.


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