Sylvester Stallone reveals he will NOT return as Rocky in Creed III

Sylvester Stallone reveals he will NOT return as Rocky in Creed III directed by Michael B Jordan… despite reprising role for first two parts

Sylvester Stallone has revealed that he will not return to his iconic Rocky Balboa role for the upcoming film Creed III.

The 74-year-old famously created the character for himself in the 1976 film Rocky which he not only starred in but also wrote.

And although he reprised the role for the first two Creed films his representative has told The Hollywood Reporter he is not involved in part three.

Stepping away: Sylvester Stallone has revealed that he will not return to his iconic Rocky Balboa role for the upcoming film Creed III; seen in 2019

However the representative has not given any indication as to Sly’s reasons for choosing not to take part in the new film. 

There were six films in the original Rocky franchise released over a 40-year period and culminating in the surprise 2006 hit Rocky Balboa.

Rocky Balboa, which Sly wrote and directed himself, ended a major career slump for him that had begun in 1990 when Rocky V flopped.

In 2015 Ryan Coogler resuscitated the franchise again by directing Creed which is about Rocky training Michael B. Jordan’s character Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed.

Nope: Although he reprised the role for the first two Creed films his representative has told The Hollywood Reporter he is not involved in part three directed by Michael B. Jordan (left)

Nope: Although he reprised the role for the first two Creed films his representative has told The Hollywood Reporter he is not involved in part three directed by Michael B. Jordan (left)

Passing the torch: In 2015 Ryan Coogler resuscitated the franchise again by directing Creed which is about Rocky training Michael B. Jordan's character Adonis 'Donnie' Creed

Passing the torch: In 2015 Ryan Coogler resuscitated the franchise again by directing Creed which is about Rocky training Michael B. Jordan’s character Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed

Donnie is the son of the late Apollo Creed who was Rocky’s rival in the original film series and was played by Carl Weathers.

Creed was a big success and so was its 2018 sequel Creed II – with Sly not only starring as Rocky but also writing all his own scenes for both films.

Steven Caple Jr. directed the second movie and it has emerged that Michael is making his directorial debut with the third.

Sly, who himself directed Rocky IV, is now gearing up to release his own recut version of that film and revealed this week that his work is done.

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