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Sylvester Stallone steps down from the leadership of ‘Creed 2’

Sylvester Stallone will not be directing and producing “Creed 2.”

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Sylvester Stallone is the handing over of management duties for ” Creed 2.”

The 71-year-old actor announced on Monday he will not be directing the upcoming installment of the “Rocky” franchise and tapped Stephen Caple, Jr. as the new director.

“The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation, and I think it’s important to have a driver that is part of it, that is the reason why I think we are lucky to have Stephen Caple, Jr. a stunning new talent, to take over the directing chores and make the story as relatable as possible… He and Michael B. Jordan will be a knock-out!” Stallone wrote on Instagram.

The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation, and I think it’s important to have a driver that is part of it , that is the reason why I think we are Lucky to have Stephen Caple ,Jr, A wonderful new talent to take over The directing chores and make the story as relatable as possible… He and Michael B Jordan will be a knock-out!you

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Stallone announced in October that he would be directing and producing “Creed 2” and was excited to work with Michael B. Jordan again. However, after consultations with Jordan, MGM and Warner Bros. execs, the “Rocky” actor decided to step aside and find a new director, according to Variety.

“Creed” centers in Jordan’s character, Adonis Johnson, the son of boxing champion Apollo Creed, and his journey to become a boxer. The film earned Stallone an Oscar nomination for best actor in a supporting role in 2016.

The sequel follows the events of the first film. The production for “Creed 2” is expected to begin in March, with a release date set for November 2018.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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