Sylvester Stallone has spoken on the future of his legendary character Rocky Balboa, announcing that Creed II is “probably my last rodeo”.
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The Michael B. Jordan-starring sequel was released in US cinemas last week (November 21), following on from the first 2015 film. For the original movie, Stallone reprised his role of Rocky for the first time since 2006.
Now, the 72-year-old actor has shared a message on where the boxing franchise could go next – speaking of a “whole new world” for the current generation of fans.
“Well, this is probably my last rodeo because, what I thought happened and has happened, I never expected,” Stallone said on Instagram. “I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that.”
Discussing the success of Jordan’s role in the Creed films, he continued: “And then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed.
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I am reposting this because there was a technical difficulty. I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ….
“It went on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures, and I couldn’t be happier because as I step back ‘cause my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s gonna be opening up for the audience, for this generation.”
Stallone signed off by calling on Jordan to “carry the mantle”. See the full video above.
Captioning the announcement, Stallone thanked “everyone around the whole wide world for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years”.
“It’s been my ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. Keep punching, I love you kind and generous people, and Rocky loves you too.”
Creed II, released in UK cinemas this Friday (November 30), was directed by Steven Caple Jr and written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker.