'Creed 2' Taps Steven Caple Jr. as New Director, Sylvester Stallone Teases Brock Lesnar for Big Role

The up-and-coming director has been chosen to direct the 'Creed' sequel, replacing Stallone who is still on board to pen the screenplay and star in the film opposite Michael B. Jordan.

AceShowbiz - "Creed 2" has found a new director to replace Sylvester Stallone. Variety has reported that MGM and Warner Bros. have chosen newcomer Steven Caple Jr. to direct the "Creed" sequel. While Stallone originally wanted to serve behind the lens, he and returning star Michael B. Jordan ultimately decided to go for new helmer, personally picking Caple to take the reins.

Production on the sequel is expected to kick off in spring 2018 for a November 21 U.S. release. In addition to Stallone and Jordan, Tessa Thompson will return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca. Sources also say that Ryan Coogler, who directed the 2015 movie, is expected to join in an executive producer role. A deal hasn't closed just yet, though, as Coogler is currently wrapping-up post-production on Marvel's "Black Panther".

Of his new directing role, Caple said, "It's an honor to be a part of such an iconic franchise and to work with such great collaborators." He added, "Mike, Sly, and Tessa are extraordinarily talented and bring something special to today's culture. I look forward to joining the family and continuing the precedent set by this franchise's alumni of incredible filmmakers."

Welcoming Caple as the new director, Stallone said on Instagram, "The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation, and I believe it is important to have a director who is part of it , that is why I think we are Lucky to have Stephen Caple ,Jr A wonderful new talent take over The directorial chores and make the story as relatable as possible… He and Michael B Jordan will deliver a knockout!u."

Caple will direct from an original screenplay co-written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker, showrunner of "Luke Cage", based on characters from the "Rocky" film franchise. The next "Rocky" movie will focus on Adonis Creed (Jordan) as he continues his quest to become a champion, as well as his personal life outside the ring.

Stallone previously teased on Instagram the possibility of Brock Lesnar joining the "Rocky"-verse. Sharing a very interesting photo of him and Lesnar, the 71-year-old actor wrote in the caption, "Big challenges come in all shapes and forms! By the way this is just for entertainment, Drago's son will be played by a new unknown…#brocklesnar #rockybalboa1976."

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