Sylvester Stallone is returning to the Philadelphia steps he made legendary to promote his upcoming installment of the "Rocky" franchise.
Friday morning’s news conference at 11 on top of the iconic Philadelphia Art Museum steps will echoed the scene from Rocky III where the “Rocky” statue in Stallone’s likeness was unveiled. Organizers didn’t mention any appearance by Mr. T this time around.
Joining Stallone at Friday’s event promoting Creed will be co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson as well as writer/director Ryan Coogler, producer Irwin Winkler and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Stallone’s character of Rocky put the steps on the map in 1976 when he climbed the steps during his iconic training montage in the Academy Award-winning Rocky. The steps have played a role in "Rocky" lore and Philadelphia tourism ever since. A Rocky statue evens sits to the side of the steps where tourists like to take photos with it.
Creed -- the seventh installment of the "Rocky" franchise -- comes out the day before Thanksgiving.