Michael B. Jordan seen for the first time on Atlanta set for Creed III... as he not only stars but is set to make directorial debut

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The first two films were total knockouts. 

But now Michael B. Jordan is not only set to throw haymakers in the ring again as he will also be in his own corner.

The 34-year-old thespian was seen for the first time on the Atlanta, Georgia set of Creed III in which he not only stars but is set to make his directorial debut.

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Knockout: Michael B. Jordan was seen for the first time on the Atlanta, Georgia set of Creed III

At the helm: The 34-year-old star is not only starring in the film but is also set to make his directorial debut

Michael looked casual cool as always as he sported a black Canada Goose coat over an olive green sweatsuit and white Nike Air Force 1 low sneakers.

He made sure that COVID-19 won't knock him out as he sported a black KN-94 facemask for the occasion. 

Last year it was revealed that Jordan would be making his directorial debut in the highly-popular boxing franchise following in the footsteps of Ryan Coogler and Steven Caple Jr.

In December, Jordan appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert as he said he took notes on techniques from the filmmakers ahead of him.

Relaxed: Michael looked casual cool as always as he sported a black Canada Goose coat over an olive green sweatsuit and white Nike Air Force 1 low sneakers

He said: 'I think it was one of those things where I just felt comfortable. I knew it was going to be a risk. I'm super excited to get behind the camera.' 

The performer also expressed that he consulted closely with one of his good friends in Coogler, who told him that he was well-prepared to helm a film.

'So from the second one to the third one, I called Ryan [Coogler] up and he's like, "You're ready for it. Just do it."'

He added that the filmmaker had graciously given him 'lots of advice' about making a movie.

Leading the way: Last year it was revealed that Jordan would be making his directorial debut in the highly-popular boxing franchise following in the footsteps of Ryan Coogler and Steven Caple Jr. (pictured left in 2018's Creed II)

In December, Jordan appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert as he said he took notes on techniques from the filmmakers ahead of him as he said: 'I think it was one of those things where I just felt comfortable. I knew it was going to be a risk. I'm super excited to get behind the camera' 

Creed followed Jordan's character Adonis Creed, the son of late heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who gets guidance from his father's old friend Rocky Balboa.

The sequel Creed II followed the boxer as he fought Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Adonis' father.

One noticeable absence will be Sylvester Stallone who starred in the iconic Rocky films and was in the corner of Creed in the first two of the current franchise.

Gone: One noticeable absence will be Sylvester Stallone who starred in the iconic Rocky films and was in the corner of Creed in the first two of the current franchise

Back in April, Jordan explained why the character of Balboa will not appear in the next edition.

He told IGN at the time: '(We) really want to build this story and this world around [Adonis] moving forward.'

 'Yeah, I think that Sly let it be known that he wasn’t coming back for this one but I think, you know, his essence and his spirit… there’s always going to be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis.'

Jordan added that he always has, 'respect' and 'a s**t-ton of love' for what Stallone built the Rocky franchise into, but he wants to focus more on Adonis. 

Back in April, Jordan explained why the character of Balboa will not appear in the next edition as he told IGN at the time: '(We) really want to build this story and this world around [Adonis] moving forward'

'We really want to push and navigate Adonis forward and the family that he created. So, hopefully you guys will love what I’m thinking… what we’re cooking up. I think it’s going to be something special,' Jordan said.

The news isn't terribly surprising, since Stallone took to his Instagram in late November 2018, just after Creed II was released, and said he was 'retiring' his Rocky Balboa character.

'I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,' Stallone began.

'I think it's going to be something special': Jordan added that he always has, 'respect' and 'a s**t-ton of love' for what Stallone built the Rocky franchise into, but he wants to focus more on Adonis

It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass... and end,' he said.

'I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ...' he concluded.

Creed III is set to hit theaters during the holiday season of this year. 

Highly anticipated: Creed III is set to hit theaters during the holiday season of this year

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