First Look: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Gets Dramatic Reboot

First Look: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Gets Dramatic Reboot

The first teaser for the reboot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is here.

Inspired by the 90s sitcom, Peacock’s reimagined drama “Bel-Air” is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel Air, which came out in 2019. Newcomer Jabari Banks takes on the role of Will Smith’s character from the original series, which aired in 1996.

Smith, who serves as executive producer, gives a dramatic reading of the show’s theme song in the underwater clip. Banks wears Jordans in tribute to the sneakers Smith’s character wears. There are also basketballs, trophies and dice, a reference to the lyrics: “The license plate said ‘Fresh’ and there were dice in the mirror.” At the end, a crown is placed on Banks’ head as he ascends his throne as the Prince of Bel-Air.

The hour-long reboot is set in modern times and follows Smith’s journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

“In the heart, Bel Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family,” said TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson, Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners. “We’ve stayed true to the original premise of the legacy series – Will’s life is turned upside down after he’s forced to leave West Philly and ends up in Bel-Air with its gated mansions and wealth, but our new series brings Will and the Banks family in the world as we know it today.”

The series stars Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks and Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey.

“Bel-Air” will premiere next year and has been on the air for two seasons.


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