Sylvester Stallone Will Not Return for Creed III | IGN

The Creed series will move forward without Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone will not appear in Creed III, the next entry in the Michael B. Jordan-starring Rocky spin-off series.

Stallone’s rep confirmed his absence in the next movie to The Hollywood Reporter. No additional explanation for the actor’s departure from the series was given.

This will mark the first movie in the Creed series in which Stallone does not appear. Stallone earned an Academy Award nomination in 2015 for Best Supporting Actor for his reprisal of the role of Rocky Balboa in the Ryan Coogler-directed Creed. He was also nominated in Best Actor for originating the role in 1976’s Rocky, 39 years earlier.

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Though this marks the first official announcement of Stallone’s departure from the series, the actor made a statement that he was retiring the character back in 2018. Around the release of Creed II, Stallone said goodbye to Balboa through a video posted on Instagram.

“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone wrote in the caption. “It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character.”

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Stallone has portrayed Rocky in eight movies: Rocky I, II, III, IV, and V, Rocky Balboa, as well as Creed I and II. He also directed four of the six Rocky movies and served as writer or co-writer on all the Rocky films and Creed II.

Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will reprise his role as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed in Creed III. Johnson is helming the project, which will mark his directorial debut. Tessa Thompson is also set to return for the sequel.

In our review of Creed II, IGN gave the film a 6, saying that it “[evoked] what’s come before, with undeniably diminished results.”

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J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.

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