Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors have entered the ring! In the first official trailer for Creed III, Jordan returns as Adonis “Donnie” Creed, son of Rocky Balboa’s opponent turned coach, Apollo Creed.
The trailer opens up with Adonis’ life with his wife Bianca, a successful singer played by Tessa Thompson. And now, they have a daughter Amara, played by Mila Davis-Kent. In Creed III, Jordan’s character is challenged by Damian Anderson, played by Jonathan Majors, a childhood friend who has just been released from prison.
“I spent the last seven years of my life living out my wildest dreams,” Adonis says in the trailer. “Bianca. Rocky. My dad. I stood on their shoulders.”
In the next scene Dame is sitting by Adonis’ car. “Let me get an autograph?” Dame says, cracking a grin. “You don’t remember me, huh?”
“Imagine spending half your life in a cell watching somebody else live your life,” Dame yells in the next scene when the two men finally confront each other. “I’m coming for everything.”
Creed III marks Jordan’s directorial debut and one of his many tasks was booking Majors to play the antagonist. Jordan said he felt “very blessed and lucky to have him be a part of this story,” per Variety.
“For me, as a director, to have that running mate and that scene partner made all the difference in the world,” he said. “The world is finding out daily how incredible this man is and the work that he does. It’s finally getting the props that it’s due. And Jonathan was incredible, man, he showed up every day ready. Ready to go to war. Ready to work.”
“There are certain reasons you build your body,” Majors said. “Dame’s body was built from loss. He had lost something, and that hole is what made him work the way he worked. When you see Dame’s body, you go, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ You don’t look like that and be happy with life.”
Creed III marks the ninth installment in the Rocky film franchise and the third in the Creed spinoff series. The film hits theaters on March 3, 2023. Watch the trailer below: