Sylvester Stallone just shared the first look at one of the fall’s most anticipated fake movies.
The Rocky vet posted a picture on Instagram of his This Is Us guest appearance, which will find Stallone playing himself alongside Kevin (Justin Hartley) in a war movie directed by Ron Howard (also playing himself).
“On the This Is Us set with Justin Hartley, this is a fantastic show and he is great to work with!” Stallone wrote.
See the photo below:
Stallone’s appearance was announced during the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier this month. As creator Dan Fogelman explained to EW, Stallone “hears what Kevin is experiencing in his life with his own father, and talks to Kevin a little bit about life and acting and memory and aging.” Per Fogelman, Stallone has a “big part” but is expected to only appear in one episode.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel last week, This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia explained how he played a part in getting Stallone on the show, after having appeared as the actor’s onscreen son in Rocky Balboa.
“When I pitched it to Sly, I said, ‘Listen, my son … You are his movie idol, but you’ve got to wonder where he gets it from. He gets it from dad.’ And so his involvement was a very big part of my character’s storyline, of Jack’s storyline, which meant a lot to me because Sly is one of my idols and I got to work with him,” Ventimiglia said.
Stallone posted several other snaps with This Is Us cast members:
This Is Us season 2 kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC.