Tessa Thompson, a cast member in "Dear White People," is interviewed at a screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tessa Thompson, a cast member in “Dear White People,” is interviewed at a screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Deadline) – MGM’s Rocky spinoff Creed has found its female lead in Tessa Thompson, the actress who broke out this year in the Sundance hit Dear White People and also can be seen in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Oscar contender Selma.

Thompson will star opposite Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the film from Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler, which will see Stallone reprise his iconic character Rocky Balboa, now a trainer and mentor to the grandson (Jordan) of his boxing bestie Apollo Creed.

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