Health and fitness can come easier to those with the right DNA, but very few can match the athletic prowess of Dolph Lundgren. Despite his 59 years, the Swede continues to showcase his immense strength, power and durability on social media this week as he gears up for Creed 2.
Entering the Rocky universe via the 1985 sequel Rocky IV, Lundgren's character Ivan Drago would prove to be an iconic antagonist following in the footsteps of Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang. Now 32 years later, the multi-talented performer is ready to lace the gloves once more for a title that promises to be a trip down memory lane.
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With Sylvester Stallone sidelined as a supporting act in the 2015 sequel/spinoff Creed, the creator and headline act is said to have written the script for the follow up. That process is believed to be all but complete, meaning that a 2017 production start should be just around the corner.
Few other details are known about the movie, other than the return of Michael B. Jordan and the re-introduction of Lundgren. Some rumors have been floating around that Drago's son could be involved in another Cold War-style rematch with Adonis out to revenge his father's death, but the original Russian is not working himself into this shape to be watching from the bench.
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Speaking with THR about his upcoming DCEU blockbuster Aquaman, James Wan would open up about his casting choices. Seeing Jason Momoa return as Arthur Curry, it would be Lundgren in the part of King Nereus that raised a number of eyebrows.
But for the Australian filmmaker, the decision was a no-brainer thanks to a close friend.
"When I was in the process of writing this character in the world of Aquaman, a friend of mine, (director) Mike Mendez, was working with him on one of his films, and Mike was just raving about how great Dolph was," The Conjuring director recalled. "And I thought 'Oh my god, Dolph would be great for this role as well!' So it kinda came about from that roundabout way."
Carrying a reputation for being somewhat one-dimensional with his action roles over the 80s and 90s, Wan has every confidence that Lundgren will be a force in this picture.
"He's a really strong actor," he argued. "I don't think anyone gives him enough credit for how serious he actually takes his craft. He's taking it very seriously on this film."