It looks like Ivan Drago will have a son in the forthcoming sequel Creed 2. The Rocky series has proven to be one of the most remarkably enduring in Hollywood. The original movie told the story of a small-time boxer given a chance to fight the world champion, and proving to himself he could go the distance. Star Sylvester Stallone was heavily involved with the creative path of the series, having written and directed most of the sequels. It seemed like the character’s journey had come to a natural conclusion with 2006’s Rocky Balboa until a spinoff movie focused on the son of his former rival Apollo Creed was announced.
Creed starred Michael B. Jordan in the title role, as a fighter trying to step out of the shadow of his late father and prove himself worthy, while Rocky helps train him. The movie was a big success, receiving great reviews and even pulling in a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Stallone at the Oscars. It didn’t take long for talk of a sequel to arrive, and it was only recently confirmed Stallone will once again step into the director’s chair.
Story details for Creed 2 have yet to be confirmed, but its known that Dolph Lundgren will return as Ivan Drago – who killed Apollo Creed in the ring during Rocky IV. Now MMA fighter Sage Northcutt has revealed in a new interview with The MMA Hour (via UPROXX) that he’s auditioned to play Drago’s son in the movie. It’s not hard to see why producers would be attracted to Northcutt for the role since he’s a dead ringer for young Ivan Drago. Northcutt had this to say about the film.
“The new Creed 2 movie is coming out so I was actually going to audition for that. Got a little audition tape so hopefully that goes through. That would be pretty neat. Being Ivan Drago’s son in the movie? That would be pretty fun.”
Fans of the series were excited about Lundgren’s return as one of the franchise’s most iconic villains, with some believing young Creed would be fighting Ivan Drago himself in some kind of grudge match. If Drago’s son is in the movie, the more likely scenario will be Creed fighting his son instead, which should add a very personal element on both sides.
Creed did a lot to soothe doubts fans might have had about the Rocky series switching focus to a new lead character, and with Stallone in the director’s chair there’s every reason to believe Creed 2 will be a worthy follow-up to the previous film.