Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has signed on to play Michael B. Jordan’s opponent in “Creed 2,” TheWrap has learned.
He is set to play the son of Rocky nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
“Creed 2” will continue to follow Adonis Creed (Jordan) both inside and outside of the ring as he deals with his newfound fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Sylvester Stallone will also reprise his role as Rocky Balboa.
Stallone also confirmed the casting in an Instagram post congratulating Munteanu.
“Congratulations to Florian ” Big Nasty” Munteanu for getting the part as IVAN DRAGOS son! 27 years old , 6 feet four, 245 pounds of talent,” he wrote.
The sequel to the 2015 “Rocky” spinoff, listed as “Creed II” on IMDb, will star Jordan as Adonis Creed (son of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed from the original films), Stallone as Rocky Balboa, and Lundgren as Drago. The MGM/WB film is set for release on Nov. 21, 2018.
Steven Caple Jr. will direct “Creed 2,” which is based on a script by Stallone and “Luke Cage’ showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.
“Creed” was directed by Ryan Coogler, and was written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. Stallone earned an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in the film.
The Tracking Board first reported the news of the casting.
Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this story.