Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he’ll be making his directorial debut in Creed III. The announcement comes months after his co-star Tessa Thompson first leaked the news in December 2020. The third installment of the Rocky spin-off is scheduled to hit theaters on Thanksgiving 2022.
“Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment,” Jordan said in a statement to Variety.
Creed III is written by Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin based on an outline by Ryan Coogler. Actresses Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson will also be returning to the franchise. Besides starring and directing the film, Jordan is also one of the producers of the project.
“This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake,” Jordan said.
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