When Sylvester Stallone first posted a picture with Rocky IV co-star Dolph Lundgren on Instagram, it understandably generated a massive reaction from fans online.
It’s common knowledge that Stallone and Lundgren will be reunite in Creed II, the sequel to the hit Rocky spin-off focusing on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis. Lundgren’s character, Ivan Drago, has unfinished business with Michael B Jordan’s Adonis, after all, having killed his dad, Apollo (Carl Weathers) back in Rocky IV.
However, most fans probably assumed that Lundgren’s Drago would be too old to actually fight Adonis in the film with reports suggesting Stallone was looking to cast an unknown to play Drago son and take on the younger Creed.
That may not be the entire story, however, with Stallone’s newly-posted image indicating that both he and Lundgren have been getting in ridiculous shape for Creed II. It’s the clearest indication yet that a rematch of sorts between Balboa and Drago is on the cards.
There’s plenty of evidence to support the suggestion.
For one thing, Stallone has already stepped down as director of the movie, with Steven Caple Jr. drafted in in his place. Is that so Stallone can focus on his training regime?
A rematch between the two would also be the perfect way to up the ante with Creed II, offering fans two all-action fights for the price of one.
Get ready the next generation is about to get into the ring! By the way, in my experience, this was the most Exhausting and punishing fight ever put on film, I can't believe one of us didn't end up in the hospital… Oh, I forgot, I did…it was an amazing experience, and Dolph Lundgren is an amazing athlete #Rockybalboa1976#mgm
It could also serve as the motivation for Adonis to take on Drago Jr., with rumours rife that Creed II could may feature the death of Rocky Balboa – potentially at the hands of Drago in a rematch.
The blood, sweat and tears these two action movie legends have likely gone through would not have been for nothing either – you don’t need to get that stacked to play someone’s trainer.
A relative unknown who beat out competition from some 5,0000 hopefuls to land the part of Drago, Lundgren spent five months bodybuilding and boxing prior to filming on Rocky IV.
He looks to have undergone a similar transformation in 2017 – a transformation that must have been a lot harder to pull off as a guy in his 60s and wouldn’t have been done just for the hell of it.
Creed II arrived in 2018. It can’t come soon enough for us.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.