“Mexican culture is such a pillar in boxing and I felt like there wasn’t really a lot of representation in the movies in that way,” Jordan said.
Next year’s Creed III will mark a fresh start for the Rocky spinoff franchise in more ways than one. It will be the first Creed film without the involvement of Sylvester Stallone, who executive produced and starred Rocky Balboa in the first two films, in addition to writing Creed II. The film will also be Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, something he said has “always been a pursuit.”
Without the shadow of Rocky Balboa, “Creed II” focuses on Jordan’s Adonis Creed. But Jordan doesn’t want to hack Everyone the limelight.
At a recent press conference promoting the film (via Slash Film), Jordan spoke about his decision to cast Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez in his debut acting role. While the “Rocky” franchise has a proud tradition of casting former boxers, Jordan saw the casting as an opportunity to highlight Mexican boxers. He said it was a demographic that had been overlooked in the boxing cinema canon.
“We were just looking back, you know, it’s the history of boxing, and Mexican culture is such a pillar of boxing, and we felt like there wasn’t really a lot of representation in the movies in that way. And it just didn’t seem like the reality I was living in. So I wanted to bring Mexican culture into this film,” Jordan said. “I just felt like there was a lack that didn’t seem true and honest to the sport of boxing. And I kind of wanted to get that character there.”
Álvarez joins a long list of professional boxers to have appeared in “Rocky” films, but he clearly has the credentials. In his 17 years as a professional boxer, he has racked up 58 victories in 62 bouts and is currently recognized as the top active super middleweight boxer in the world.
Alongside Jordan and Álvarez, Creed III also stars Jonathan Majors, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad, Selenis Leyva, Spence Moore II, Thaddeus J. Mixson and Tony Bellew.
Creed III is slated to hit theaters on March 3, 2023.
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