At the European Premiere of Creed II in London Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu and Director Steven Caple Jr. all walked the red carpet for the Rocky spin-off. Sylvester Stallone appears once again as Rocky Balboa.
In Creed 2 Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) from Rocky 4 returns with his son Viktor Drago (played by Florian ‘Big Nasty’ Munteanu . Michael B. Jordan also returns along with Tessa Thompson (Westworld, Thor: Ragnarok) along with Milo Ventimiglia and Phylicia Rashad.
Jordan talked about returning to Adonis Creed with a new focus on the character, and how to raise the stakes and bring something different to what audiences know and expect. The focus on family is something that the actor felt was the epitome of what the character is, and that very much inspired the events of Creed 2. Dolph Lundgren talked about bringing a deeper back story to Ivan Drago, and how he as a character lost everything. We find Drago in a very different place to where we left him in Rocky IV. Lundgren also talks about using his real world experience to hone the character he plays in the new film.
The director Steven Caple Jr. talked about the importance of raising the levels of the film, bringing the characters to a new place for audiences. He also talked about having to ‘film two corners’ of the ring and the story, something which sets it apart from the first film. Brigitte Nielsen also popped up on the red carpet as she does in the film for a brief cameo, and Tessa Thompson talks about how the change in director caused a bit of trepidation but she relished the approach of Creed 2. She also talks about how her character evolves through the music, and how important it was to embellish that side of her personality in the sequel.
Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the red carpet and conducted these interviews.
The film hits UK cinemas on the 30th of November and in US cinemas on the 21st of November 2018.
Creed II Premiere Interviews
Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago.