Tessa Thompson On Singing & Expressing Black Love In Creed IIPosted by Wilson Morales
November 21, 2018
Coming out this Nov. 21 from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Warner Bros. Pictures Creed II, in which Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are reprising their roles of Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa respectively.
Creed II is the continuation of the Rocky saga and sequel to the 2015 critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing 2015 hit Creed, which took in more than $170 million at the worldwide box office. Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), who directed the first film, returns to the franchise as an executive producer on Creed II.
Also reprising their roles from the first film are Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne, Wood Harris as Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton, and Andre Ward as Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler. The new cast is rounded out with Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu as Viktor Drago, Dolph Lundgren returning to the role of Ivan Drago, and Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
Steven Caple Jr. directs from an original screenplay written by Stallone based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Stallone. Coogler, Jordan and Guy Riedel will executive produce.
For Tessa Thompson, who’s reprising her role as Adonis’ love interest Bianca, she gets more to do this in this follow up than Talia Shire had for Rocky 2. In speaking with Blackfilm,com, Thompson talks about her character growth, getting to do her own singing and how Black love is more visible these days on the screen than in previous films.
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