Sylvester Stallone will not appear in the third Creed movie.

The 74-year-old actor created the character of Rocky Balboa in the 1970s and previously played a starring role in the first two Creed films – but a spokesperson for the actor told The Hollywood Reporter he’ll be absent from the upcoming movie – although no additional explanation was offered.

Stallone first appeared as the underdog fighter in 1976’s Rocky and subsequently established the character as one of the most iconic in recent cinema history.

He reprised the role for the Creed franchise, as Rocky became a mentor to Michael B. Jordan’s character, Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed.

In fact, his performance in the first Creed movie led to an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as both of the Creed movies proved to be critical and commercial successes.