by: Clark Allen
Tessa Thompson has secured the lead female role in the upcoming Rocky spinoff, CREED. The film will see Sylvester Stallone reprise his iconic role as Rocky Balboa as he trains the grandson of Apollo Creed. Thompson will star opposite Michael B. Jordan, Tony Bellew and Andre Ward. Ryan Coogler partnered with Stallone to pitch the project to MGM and wrote the screenplay with Aaron Covington. Coogler will also helm the picture.
Thompson has received recent acclaim this year due to her breakout performance in Dear White People, for which she won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. The Veronica Mars actress also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of civil rights leader Diane Nash in Selma. She’ll next appear in The Prop Is the Girl and Living Room Coffin, the latter of which she will executive produce.
Thompson is repped by Greene & Associates and Mosaic.