Michael B. Jordan to make directorial debut with 'Creed III' as official release date is revealed


Michael B. Jordan is adding director to his long list of career accomplishments with his new film “Creed III."

The actor and PEOPLE's 2020 Sexiest Man Alive was tapped to direct the upcoming film in the franchise, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

In addition to directing, Jordan will also reprise his role as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, and work as a producer on the project.

The 34-year-old took to his Instagram Stories to share his enthusiasm for the future gig. “Excited is an understatement!" Jordan captioned the post, according to People.

"Creed III is that moment—a time in my life where I've grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment."

The actor added, "This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me," Jordan added. "I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed's story with the same responsibility of being its director and namesake."

The original “Creed” film, directed by Ryan Coogler, follows the story of Adonis Johnson, son of famous boxing champion Apollo Creed. The film, which premiered in November 2015, earned more than $173 million at the worldwide box office. The 2018 sequel earned even more at the box office.

Both Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are expected to reprise their roles in the latest sequel.

"Creed III" is set to be released November 23, 2020.

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