“Creed III” also sees the return of Wood Harris as Donnie’s uncle-figure Tony “Little Duke” Evers, Phylicia Rashad as Donnie’s adoptive mother Mary Anne Creed, Mila Davis-Kent as Donnie and Bianca’s daughter Amara Creed, and Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, the son of Soviet slugger Ivan Drago and the antagonist of the previous film. With Balboa out, Viktor and Donnie are the only associations left from the “Rocky” days. (Donnie is the son of the in-universe boxing legend Apollo Creed who died tragically in 1985’s “Rocky IV,” after being punched to death by Ivan.)
Will Drago Jr. become a friend to Creed Jr. as Rocky did with his former adversary? Will this Dame fellow turn out to be bad, actually? Will there be punching? Presumably yes to all of the above — and much more!
Selenis Leyva, Thaddeus J. Mixson, and Spence Moore II are also set to appear in “Creed III,” as is Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez, in undisclosed roles. Michael B. Jordan is directing “Creed III,” with a script from Zach Baylin (“King Richard”) and Keenan Coogler (“Space Jam: A New Legacy”). Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) shares story credit.
“Creed III” opens in theaters on March 3, 2023. A fourth “Creed” film will “for sure” happen, Jordan has said.