Creed III comes from director and actor Michael B. Jordan. As the third in a trilogy of movies, they had to up the ante from previous installments. Now, it seems they have with Jonathan Majors. He steps in as Damian, an old friend of Adonis Creed, who’s returning from prison time. It seems like he’s got a chip on his shoulder and tries to get involved with Creed and his boxing business. What ends up happening might make him the greatest villain in the series.
Michael B. Jordan directed the film from a screenplay by Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, and Florian Munteanu. From the looks of the trailer, we’re going to get plenty of fireworks and emotions. Creed III releases on March 3rd, 2023.
Michael B. Jordan On Creed III
The press got to sit down with Michael B. Jordan and talk about all things Creed III including his motivation for the film and the fear of directing for the first time. Here’s what he had to say about why he chose Creed III as his first director role.
I think for me it was the perfect time. I think growing up on set, in the industry over 20 years – I started out doing background work and extra work and just kind of just seeing the sets evolve, seeing everybody’s job, seeing how a real production’s storytelling took place. I finally got to this place in my career where I wanted to tell a story and not just be in front of the camera, not just execute somebody else’s vision. And having a character that I’ve played twice before, it’s been seven, eight years living with this guy. So to be able to tell a story of where I believe Adonis is at, and also at 35 years old, I had a lot to say as a young man, as a young Black man, just my life experiences and how I could actually share that, share a piece of myself with the world – through these characters and through this story. So I just felt like it was the right time. You know, I was talking to Ryan Coogler back when we were doing CREED I, and he was just like, It’s never the right time. You just gotta jump in the deep end and go for it, you know?Michael B. Jordan
Here’s what he had to say about some of the themes of Creed III.
I think thematically, you know, for us family is always the core, you know, family and heart. So I think there’s a bit, you know, you have to face your past and find out who you really are. You know, I think it is something that we address in this movie.
You know, it’s sort of a homecoming as well, You know what I mean? Remembering where you come from, I think is really important in this one as well. And sometimes settling debts, you know, I think settling debts and being accountable for your actions is something that we wanted to look at as well.Michael B. Jordan
Finally, here’s what he had to say about Jonathan Majors and his role as Damian.
I think first of all, Jonathan Majors is incredible. Very, very blessed and lucky to have him be a part of this, this story. And for me as a director, just to have that running mate and have that scene partner you know, it made all the difference in the world.
I think he’s extremely talented. The world is finding out daily, you know, how incredible this man is in the work that he does, is finally getting the props that’s due. And Jonathan was incredible, man. He showed up every day ready, ready to go to war, ready to work.
You know, me and him bonded in a way that I never had an opportunity to. And I guess it’s my first time directing that relationship between, you know, director and actor. I really understand that now, and it’s a bond that’ll last forever. So just really lucky to have that gentleman by my side, you know, while I’m going through this process.
It was extremely helpful, and you know, the character Damian you’ll find out more about, but definitely a pivotal person and a pillar in Adonis’s life that kind of, you know, that comes back around and needs to kind of get addressed.Michael B. Jordan
You won’t want to miss Creed III, it looks absolutely fantastic, check it out in theaters on March 3, 2023.
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