Ryan Coogler’s ROCKY Spinoff CREED Moving Forward; Boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew in Negotiations to Join the Cast

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There’s been loads of buzz about Creed ever since Ryan Coogler hit it big with his feature directorial debut Fruitvale Station last year, but until now, it’s really just amounted to a whole bunch of talk with no sign of the project actually moving forward.  However, that’s just changed courtesy of a report claiming that World Boxing Association champion Andre Ward and British champion boxer Tony Bellew are both in negations to join the cast of the film.

Should their deals go through, they’ll join Michael B. Jordan who’s set to play the grandson of Apollo Creed.  Even though his family would rather not see him box, he’s got loads of potential and winds up being mentored by Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa.  Hit the jump for more.

Michael B. Jordan Talks FRUITVALE, Spending Time with the Real Oscar Grant, and ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? at Sundance 2013

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Among the many great films premiering this week at Sundance Film Festival is Ryan Coogler’s drama Fruitvale.  The writer/director brings us his representation of the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot by a police officer in the Fruitvale BART station on New Year’s Eve, 2008.  Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Redtails) plays the man who was a father, a fiancé, a son and a friend whose life was tragically ended that fateful day.  The film also stars Melonie Diaz as Grant’s fiancé and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Smashed) as his mother.

Shortly after the film’s premiere, I was able to chat with star Michael B. Jordan about his portrayal of main character and real-life person Oscar Grant.  Jordan told me how he prepared to tackle this role, including research and time spent with Grant’s real family and friends.  He told me all about the pressure he felt to do the character justice and what he hopes people will take away from the film. Finally, I got the scoop on his upcoming projects (Are We Officially Dating? with Miles Teller and Zac Efron) and his plans to branch out in the industry.  Click after the jump to read the whole interview.

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