Everton football fans to appear in new ‘Rocky’ film following Sylvester Stallone video message

Stallone appeared on the video screens at Everton's ground Goodison Park last night (January 19)

Everton fans are to appear in the next Rocky film after Sylvester Stallone delivered a video message at the Premier League club’s ground last night (January 19).

The Hollywood actor appeared on the video screens at Goodison Park during the half-time interval and asked fans to cheer for crowd scenes being taped at the 40,000-capacity stadium.

The new Rocky film is titled Creed and finds Stallone’s iconic character acting as trainer and mentor to the grandson of his former boxing rival, Apollo Creed. The Wire‘s Michael B Jordan has been cast as Apollo’s grandson, Adonis Creed, and director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) started shooting the sequel earlier this month (January).

Liverpool-based boxer Tony Bellew, a fan of Everton FC, also appears in Creed and arranged yesterday’s taping and special video message from Stallone. “I play the pound-for-pound champion of the world and I end up facing Adonis Creed,” Bellew said of his role in the film. “Rocky Balboa gets involved when he agrees to train Adonis. But if Adonis wants to be the champion, he has to go through me.”

Despite the special video message from Stallone, Everton were unable to clinch victory against West Bromwich Albion last night, having to settle for a 0-0 draw instead.