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'Creed 2' finds its director — and it's not Sylvester Stallone

Creed 2 finds its director and it's not Sylvester Stallone

A director has officially stepped into the ring for Creed 2.

Steven Caple Jr. will direct Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson in the next installment of the Rocky franchise, MGM and Warner Bros. announced Monday.

Jordan shared his enthusiasm on Twitter, writing, “Excited for [Ryan] Coogler to hand over the reins to Steven Caple Jr. — our director for Creed 2! Can’t wait to bring you guys the next chapter of our story… coming at you November 2018.”

 

In an Instagram post, presumptive director Stallone said that "the character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation, and I believe it is important to have a director who is part of it."

Caple, who made his feature film directorial debut on the 2016 Sundance entry The Land, will direct from a script by Stallone and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. The story will follow Adonis Creed (Jordan) inside and outside the ring as he deals with fame, family issues, and his continuing mission to be a champion.

Creed 2 is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 21.