Actress Tessa Thompson has landed the female lead in the upcoming Rocky spin-off, Creed.

Thompson joins Sylvester Stallone as he reprises his iconic character, Rocky Balboa, who is now a trainer and mentor to the grandson of his boxing best friend Apollo Creed.

Michael B. Jordan is set to play Creed's grandson, with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler due to helm the film.

Thompson has had a successful 2014, thanks to indie hit Dear White People, for which she won the Breakthrough Actor honour at the Gotham Independent Film Awards earlier this month (Dec14), and also nabbed a Best Actress nomination for the upcoming NAAACP Image Awards.

She also appears in acclaimed civil rights film Selma.