Sylvester Stallone has spoken about his role in the upcoming Rocky spin-off, Creed.

The 67-year-old Grudge Match star told Jonathan Ross at An Evening with Sylvester Stallone, "I'm supposed to be doing a film with Ryan Coogler, who did Fruitvale Station, called Creed.

"It's very interesting because people would think it would be Rocky VII, it's not, I have a supporting role. It will be great to take that character, who is actually not well, and pass on his knowledge while he still has time. I think it could be a great movie and a great challenge. It is going to happen."

Stallone envisages that his older Rocky will pass on the knowledge that his trainer Mickey Goldmill, played by the late Burgess Meredith, gave him in the Rocky series. "Believe it or not, in this film Creed, I [Rocky] sort of become Mickey Goldmill because as I'm getting older I find myself almost channelling him, if you know what I mean?

"Some of the things he says like, 'I'll be an angel on your shoulder', I'm going to be saying it to the next kid, and you realise how much he has gotten into my soul and my DNA."

Stallone can next be seen on the big screen with Robert DeNiro in Grudge Match, a film that sees two rival boxers go head to head in one final match to settle an old score. It is set for release on January 24.