Michael B. Jordan in Talks to Star in New 'Rocky' Sequel, 'Creed'

Project may feature Jordan as Apollo Creed's grandson

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The legendary Rocky franchise is getting a modern reboot with Creed, an upcoming sequel which continues the legacy of the Rocky Balboa-Apollo Creed boxing rivalry. 

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As Deadline reports, MGM has already started recruiting its cast and crew. Up-and-coming filmmaker Ryan Coogler (who won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Festival for his debut film, Fruitvale Station) will direct the project, and Michael B. Jordan – who starred in Fruitvale – is in talks to star as Apollo Creed's grandson, a gifted young boxer who rebels against his wealthy family and seeks out the retired Balboa as a mentor.

Diehard Rocky fans should rest easy: Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as the title character. Creed is the first installment in the franchise since 2006's Rocky Balboa, which was written and directed by Stallone.